UNITED NATIONS: North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations said on Saturday (Dec 7) that denuclearisation is off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed.
Ambassador Kim Song's comment appeared to go further than North Korea's earlier warning that discussions related to its nuclear weapons program, the central focus of US engagement with North Korea in the past two years, might have to be taken off the table given Washington's refusal to offer concessions.
Kim said in a statement that the "sustained and substantial dialogue" sought by the United States was a "time-saving trick" to suit its domestic political agenda, a reference to US President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid.
"We do not need to have lengthy talks with the US now and denuclearisation is already gone out of the negotiating table," he said in the statement made available to Reuters.
Tensions have risen ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea, which has called on the United States to change its policy of demanding Pyongyang's unilateral denuclearisation and demanded relief from punishing sanctions.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned he could take an unspecified "new path" next year, raising fears this could mean a return to the nuclear bomb and long-range missile testing suspended since 2017.
Trump and Kim Jong Un have met three times since June 2018, but talks have made little progress and recent days have seen a return to the highly charged rhetoric that raised fears of war two years ago.
In 2017, the two leaders famously engaged in a war of words, with Trump calling Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" and North Korea slamming the Read More – Source