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`US should have unconditional dialogue with N. Korea
DECEMBER 13, 2013 07:06  
Frank Jannuzi, deputy executive director of deputy executive director of Amnesty International, on Wednesday urged the international community to recognize North Korea`s nuclear possession and start dialogue with the communist country without any conditions. Jannuzi served as a senior Asia advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama`s campaign in 2008.

In an article contributed to 38 North, a U.S.-based Internet site specializing in analysis of North Korea and run by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Jannuzi made the argument, saying that "few nations, least of all the DPRK (North Korea), are inclined to disarm first and negotiate peace second."

He claimed that "the international community must not approach talks with the DPRK as if they were surrender negotiations" but it is necessary to formally recognize the North as "a nuclear weapons power" that has already conducted nuclear tests and long-range missile launches.

The argument virtually mirrors Pyongyang`s claim and refutes head-on the Obama administration`s "strategic patience." Particularly, Jannuzi rebutted Seoul and Washington`s demand that Pyongyang demonstrate its sincere commitment to denuclearization by taking concrete steps in advance of the resumption of the six-party talks on denuclearization," saying that preconditions for dialogue should not be set.

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