North Korea wished meals and $10bn in money for attending talks with South in 2009


North Korea had demanded $10 billion in money and half one million tonnes of meals in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak mentioned, including that he refused to pay something for holding talks.

A predecessor, Kim Dae-jung, held the primary summit with North Korean chief Kim Jong Il in 2000 and was credited with bringing in a interval of warming ties, an achievement that was tarnished later by a revelation that he helped channel $500 million to the North.

The 2 Koreas stay technically at warfare as a result of their 1950-53 warfare resulted in a truce, not a peace treaty. Lee, president from 2008 to 2013, mentioned in a e-book to be revealed subsequent week that he rejected the North’s phrases.

“The doc appeared like some form of standardised ‘summit invoice’ with its listing of help we had to offer and the schedule written up,” Lee mentioned. Reuters obtained an advance copy of chapters on North Korea on Thursday.

The doc referred to an inventory despatched from the North “as a situation for a summit” that included 400,000 tonnes of rice, 100,000 tonnes of corn, 300,000 tonnes of fertiliser and $10 billion in capital the North would use to arrange a financial institution. “We shouldn’t be haggling for a summit,” Lee wrote.

Kim Dae-jung’s successor, Roh Moo-hyun, met Kim Jong II for a second summit in 2007. Kim Jong Il continued to push for a summit with the South earlier than he died in late 2011, but it surely didn’t materialise as a result of he refused to acknowledge a 2010 torpedo assault on a South Korean naval vessel, Lee mentioned within the e-book.

Lee, a conservative who pushed Pyongyang to desert its nuclear weapons programme, left workplace with out assembly the North’s chief.

The Cheonan was torpedoed in 2010, killing 46 sailors. South Korea blamed the North which denied any involvement. Each Kim Jong Il’s successor, Kim Jong Un, and present South Korean President Park Geun-hye mentioned this month they have been open to the thought of talks.

North Korea on Friday demanded the lifting of sanctions imposed by Lee’s authorities after the 2010 sinking as a situation for resuming dialogue.

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