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Elias Hubbard
December 3, 2019

In the latest statement from Pyongyang, one of several warnings issued via state media, Ri Thae Song, vice minister of foreign affairs, in charge of USA relations, accused Washington of trying to drag out denuclearisation talks ahead of the U.S. presidential election next year.

Ri Thae Song, DPRK's vice foreign minister in charge of US affairs, accused Washington of being "keen on earning time" instead of making concessions.

In April, Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, set an end-of-year deadline for Washington to show flexibility in its position, but USA officials have described the deadline as artificial, appearing to wave off its significance.

Ri Thae Song, the North Korean official in charge of relations with the United States, said in a statement that the USA has not taken any action while trying to use diplomatic talks for political gain ahead of next year's election.

In a separate report Tuesday, KCNA quoted vice foreign minister Ri Thae Song saying: "What gift the U.S. receives for Christmas depends entirely on the US' decision".

"Three rounds of DPRK-U.S. summit meetings and talks were held since June past year, but no particular improvement has been achieved in the DPRK-U.S. relations", the statement began. "It feels no need to hide what it will do from now on and therefore, reminds the US once again that the year-end time limit comes nearer", Ri said. But in recent months, he has warned that he would find a "new path" if the US doesn't ease up on sanctions and other policies that Pyongyang views as hostile.

The Washington Post notes North Korea "has a history of timing launches with an eye on global developments and even USA holidays".

The Kim family leaders who have ruled North Korea since its founding are revered as demigods and the state is seen as one of the most intolerant in the world of religion. "No one will lend an ear to the US any longer", he said.

Kim and Trump have met three times since June 2018 and have little to show for their unprecedented diplomacy. Kim's regime has called for a step-by-step approach where any moves it makes toward disarmament are simultaneously met with a reward.

Kim has said he would seek a "new path" if the United States persists with sanctions and pressure.

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