PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea has rebuffed South Korea's proposal to resolve rising tensions through dialogue.
North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea says Pyongyang has no intention of talking with Seoul unless it abandons its confrontational posture and dismisses the call for talks a "crafty trick."
South Korea calls the response "very regrettable."
Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Japanese counterpart say North Korea will find "ready partners" for dialogue if it ratchets back the warlike rhetoric and follows through on previous agreements regarding it nuclear and missile programs. On a visit to Tokyo, Kerry says the key question is what steps need to be taken to guard against "repeating the cycle of past years" in which North Korea has negotiated agreements only to violate them and ramp up the rhetoric again.