U.S. diplomat calls for N.Korea decision on talks

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

North Korean UN ambassador Kim Song addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 30, 2019.

At their meeting in Hanoi, Kim Jong Un demanded President Trump for a total relief of sanctions which he immediately disagreed to.

The test came ahead of fresh nuclear talks between North Korea and the U.S. in Sweden. Although last weekend's working-level denuclearization talks in Stockholm broke down, the South Korean envoy insisted North Korea and the USA left room for future dialogue.

Kim Myong Gil hinted that Kim Jong Un is ready to take the nuclear stalemate to a "new path" if the U.S. is not able to meet its requirements.

KUHN: Kim Myong Gil reminded the USA that Kim Jong Un has given the US until year's end to offer up an acceptable deal or Pyongyang will give up on negotiations.

North Korea is under three sets of United Nations economic sanctions, the most severe of which was imposed in 2017 following a nuclear test and a long-range missile test.

North Korea and the US recently had resumed talks this Saturday in regards to North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokesman, said that "the early comments" from North Korea's delegation "do not reflect the content or the spirit of today's 8 1/2-hour discussion". When asked if North Korea would return to Sweden at that time, Kim deferred to the foreign ministry statement, which was unclear about whether Pyongyang would attend. "The US has actually not made any preparations for the negotiations, but sought to meet its political goal of abusing the DPRK-US dialogue for its domestic political events on schedule", the spokeman said.

One of the biggest problems of the process driven by Kim Jong Un and Trump's direct meetings is that it has given little time to working-level discussions needed to iron out the details of any deal to wind down a nuclear arms program in one of the world's most secretive states.

KUHN: Trump and Kim held their first summit in June of 2018 in Singapore. There's a good chance that North Korea still desires the relief of all sanctions, and is probably the reason why they are issuing this warning, so that the USA will eventually give in.

His arrival in the USA capital comes after Saturday's round of negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, held on an island near Stockholm, ended after 8.5 hours without a deal.

"We have no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as. happened this time (in Sweden) before the U.S. takes a substantial step to make complete and irreversible withdrawal of the hostile policy towards the DPRK", KCNA state news agency cited a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry as saying, referring to the country's official name.

Pyongyang has conducted six nuclear tests since 2006, the last one on September 3, 2017.

Ambassador Wood said the U.S. came to the table with creative ideas on how to address some of the issues, and that he thinks it is possible to make progress.

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