North Korea says there is no need for talks with the US

North Korea says there is no need for talks with the US

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SEOUL: North Korea “did not feel any need” to resume talks with Washington, a senior diplomat from the country said on Saturday, Seoul called for a summit because it would be better off with Pyongyang Seeks relationships.
North Deputy Foreign Minister Choi Son Hui’s statement comes after former US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s statement Thursday that President Donald Trump may hold another meeting with leader Kim Jong Un in October.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in – who has a long association with the North – asked for another meeting between Kim and Trump on Tuesday, with the South saying that “extreme efforts” would be made to build it.
But Pyongyang “feels no need to sit face to face with the US”, Cho said in a statement by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
“Dreamers” was raising expectations for an “October surprise”, she said.
Choi said, “If talks are going on by mistake, America will do the same.”
Choe said using the North’s official name, Washington “considers the DPRK-US negotiations as nothing more than a tool to combat its political crisis”.
Bolton reportedly said that if Trump meets with Kim, it will help his election opportunities.
The North “has already worked on a detailed strategic timetable”, dealing with a “long-term threat” from Washington, Cho said.
Negotiations on Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal have stalled since a Hanoi summit between Trump and Kim collapsed in early 2019, which would be set to provide relief in response to sanctions in the north.
Recent reports said that US Secretary of State Stephen Bezgan is scheduled to visit Seoul next week to discuss talks with North Korea, although the South’s Foreign Ministry has not confirmed the visit.
Last month Pyongyang issued a series of vitriolic condemnations of the South over anti-north leaflets that sent defenders back to the militarized border – usually attached to balloons or floating in bottles.
It increased pressure by blowing up an inter-Korean liaison office and threatening military measures against Seoul, but said last week that it suspended those plans in apparently tense dialing.
Cho’s statement comes a day after Seoul’s president was appointed by the Blue House as its new spy chief, who was instrumental in organizing the first inter-Korean summit in 2000.
The North is widely seen as a sign of Moon’s determination to uphold pro-North policies, despite the prohibition of nuclear and missile testing.


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