North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations has barked at the idea of his country deciding on any form of denuclearization as part of a deal with the U.S.
This new move suggests that the North is getting impatient with Washington’s failure to lift sanctions or offer any concessions to the communist-led country.
In a Reuters report, Ambassador Kim Song stated 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 U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.
“We do not need to have lengthy talks with the U.S. now, and denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiating table,” said Song.
Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have been brewing for years despite President Trump’s overtures since assuming office.
The North has set a December deadline for the U.S. to change course rather than demanding unilateral denuclearization.
Meanwhile, 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.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry repeated a call for Washington to change its “hostile policies” and said it was up to Washington to decide what “Christmas gift” came at the end of the year.
Pollyanna Davy, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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