A defiant Pyongyang declaring itself a nuclear power and threatening to increase its arsenal unless UN sanctions imposed on it since its October 9 nuclear test and remove financial restrictions that prompted the bankrupt nation to break-off the 6 nation dialogue 13 months ago. North Korea (NK) also said that it wants a reactor built to generate electricity and wants the US to honor its commitments to it over a decade ago and help it with that project. Further, as a nuclear power, it demanded the other five of the 6-nation process (the US, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea) treat it on par with the US.
The US offered to normalize relations with Pyongyang on the condition that the communist nation stops its nuclear program immediately because its "supply of our patience may have exceeded the international demand for that patience." US Chief Negotiator and Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill urged all nations in the dialogue process to "be a little less patient and pick up the pace and work faster."
As usual, NK's chief ally, China, stalled and said it would rather push for results and use the September 2005 agreement where Pyongyang agreed to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees and aid. Japanese negotiator acknowledged that "The position of the North Korean delegation is wide apart from the rest of us and we cannot accept it" and South Korean delegate agreed saying that the North had entered negotiations with a maximum number of conditions.