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North Korea blames US for failure to restart talks

Kim Song, chair of the delegation of North Korea, addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Picture: AP

Kim Song, chair of the delegation of North Korea, addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Picture: AP

Published Sep 30, 2019


North Korea blamed the

United States on Monday for a failure to restart stalled talks,

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more than a year after President Donald Trump's first meeting

with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea said this month it was willing to restart talks

in late September but Washington needed to adopt a fresh

approach. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week

that meetings in September were not possible, though he added

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that Washington is ready to meet and believes it is important.

In a speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Pyongyang's U.N.

ambassador Kim Song said it was time for Washington to share

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proposals for talks.

"Assuming that the U.S. has had enough time to find out a

calculation method that can be shared with us, we expressed our

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willingness to sit with the U.S. for comprehensive discussion of

the issues we have deliberated so far."

On the final day of the annual gathering of world leaders at

the United Nations, he called for the full implementation of a

statement issued by Trump and North Korean leader Kim after

their first meeting in Singapore in June last year. The pair

agreed in the statement to foster new relations and work towards

the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

"More than one year has passed," Kim Song said. "The

relations between the DPRK and the U.S. have made little

progress so far and the situation of the Korean peninsula has

not come out of the vicious cycle of increased tension."

"It depends on the U.S. whether the DPRK-U.S. negotiations

will become a window of opportunity or an occasion that will

hasten the crisis," he said, referring to North Korea's formal

name: the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton, a hawk

on North Korea who was fired three weeks ago, said in a speech

on Monday that North Korea has no intention of giving up its

nuclear weapons and benefits from stalling.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho did not travel to

the United Nations this year "due to his schedule," the North

Korean U.N. mission said. Ri has attended the high-level U.N.

meeting in New York for the past three years.

Trump made only a brief reference to North Korea during his

speech to the U.N. General Assembly last week, telling the

193-member world body that he had pursued "bold diplomacy" with

North Korea's leader.

"I have told Kim Jong Un what I truly believe: that, like

Iran, his country is full of tremendous untapped potential, but

that to realize that promise, North Korea must denuclearize,"

Trump said.

During his inaugural U.N. speech in 2017, Trump threatened

to wipe out North Korea, however, since June last year he has

met three times with its leader Kim in a bid to convince

Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs. 


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