No Need to Sit Down with US for Talks, Says North Korea ahead of US Envoy's Visit to South Korea

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An individual walks past a banner exhibiting North Korean and U.S. flags ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

North Korea doesn’t really feel the necessity to have talks with the United States, which might be nothing more than “a political instrument” for Washington, a senior North Korean diplomat stated on Saturday, ahead of a U.S. envoy’s visit to South Korea.

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Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui stated negotiations wouldn’t work out between Washington and Pyongyang and there will probably be no change in North Korea’s policy.

“We don’t really feel any require to take a seat head to head with the U.S., because it doesn’t contemplate the DPRK-U.S. dialogue as nothing more than a instrument for grappling its political disaster,” Choe stated in a press release carried by state-run KCNA news company.

DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea’s formal name.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun is because of visit South Korea subsequent week to debate stalled talks with North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ought to meet again before the U.S. elections in November, which might assist resume the stalled nuclear negotiations.

Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, informed reporters in New York on Thursday that the president may search one other summit with Kim as an “October Surprise” ahead of the election.

Trump and Kim Jong Un met for the first time in 2018 in Singapore.

They met again in Vietnam in 2019, however the talks fell aside when Trump stated Kim had failed to supply sufficient nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles in change for lifting international sanctions.

At their third meeting, in June 2019 on the demilitarized zone separating the 2 Koreas, the 2 agreed to restart negotiations. Working-level talks between the 2 sides in Sweden in October have been damaged off.


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