President Obama told North Korean leader Kim Jong II that he is willing to offer the Asian nation a “different future” if he would agree to denuclearization.
In a personally written letter, delivered by a U.S. envoy, Obama “made it clear, the United States is prepared to work with allies [and] partners in the region to offer ... North Korea a different future," said Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. special envoy.
Bosworth said, too, that he wanted to reaffirm the goal of "fully implementing" a September 2005 joint statement issued by the nations in the six-party talks, declaring that North Korea had "committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs," CNN reports.
Bosworth said that he "communicated President Obama's view that complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is a fundamental undertaking of the six-party process ... and that the absence of progress on denuclearization is an obstacle to improving our relations."
North Korea, however, has refused to return to the talks conducted by the United States, Russia, China, South Korea and Japan, insisting that it wants to talk directly with the U.S. government.
Some analysts say that North Korea is desperate to break out of its diplomatic isolation and ease its economic pain, especially after the U.N. Security Council imposed tougher sanctions on the country in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.