The United States has rebuffed North Korea′s
renewed demand for a peace treaty with Washington， saying that Pyongyang′s denuclearization
should come above anything else. At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations
Committee on Tuesday， local time，… Washington′s chief envoy to the six－party nuclear talks
Sung Kim said the U.S. has no interest in holding discussions regarding a peace treaty
with North Korea， reaffirming that their priority is on the North′s denuclearization.
The chief envoy did admit however， that the U.S. is having a hard time getting Pyongyang
to focus on giving up its nuclear program. Kim said the U.S. will use every possible
means to make the North realize that it can′t achieve the security and prosperity while
it pursues nuclear weapons. In regards to Japan′s new security legislation，
the U.S. official made clear that Japan′s military won′t be able operate on the Korean
Peninsula without Seoul′s consent. He pointed out that the revised guidelines
states the importance of respecting the sovereignty of a third country.