North Korea says US denuclearization talks 'out of negotiation table'

North Korea says denuclearization is now OFF ‘negotiation table’ with US – and accuses Trump of using talks as ‘time-saving trick’ to help his reelection bid

  • North Korea said Saturday its nuclear talks were off the negotiation table 
  • The communist nation accused the U.S. engaging in ‘substantial dialogue’ as a ‘time-saving trick’ to help President Trump in a reelection bid 
  • North Korea ambassador to the UN was also highly critical of European United Nations Security Council members who had recently denounced its ‘provocative’ ballistic missile launches 
  • Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang are stalled with an end-of-year deadline by North Korea on the horizon for some kind of U.S. concession 

North Korea on Saturday said denuclearization talks with the United States were ‘out of the negotiation table,’ and called the ‘sustained and substantial dialogue’ sought by the United States a ‘time-saving trick’ to focus on President Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.

The statement from North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, Kim Song came after Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom on Wednesday condemned North Korea’s ‘continued testing of ballistic missiles,’ and called for strict enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang.

Referring to the ‘paranoia’ of the Europeans and ‘the hostile policy’ of the United States in recent months, Song said North Korea does ‘not need to have lengthy talks with the U.S. now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table.’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, (left), and President Trump on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. North Korea said Saturday denuclearization talks with the United States were ‘out of the negotiation table. Nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington are stalled with a looming end-of-year deadline set by North Korea for some kind of U.S. concession

North Korea’s ambassador to the U.N. Kim Song as seen during the UN General Assembly on September 30, 2019. Song said Saturday nuclear talks with the U.S. are off the table. 

This undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 29, 2019 shows a test of a super-large multiple launch rocket system in an undisclosed location

Song also slammed European United Nations Security Council members who had recently denounced its ‘provocative’ ballistic missile launches. 

The ambassador called the European statement ‘another serious provocation,’ saying North Korea is exercising ‘righteous measures of strengthening national defense capabilities.’

‘As these six EU member states are making much trouble to play the role of pet dog of the United States in recent months, one cannot but wonder what do they get in return for currying favor with Washington,’ the statement continued.

President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019.  North Korea has set an end-of-year deadline for the U.S. to make some nuclear concessions  

President Trump, (left), poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a photo in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 27, 2019.  North Korea’s ambassador to the U.N. Kim Song accused the U.S. of creating ‘sustained and substantial dialogue’ as a ‘time-saving trick’ to put the focus on President Trump’s 2020 reelection bid

In their statement, European powers noted that Pyongyang has carried out ’13 ballistic missile launches since May,’ the most recent of which was on November 28.

Nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington are stalled with a looming end-of-year deadline set by North Korea for some kind of U.S. concession.

UN diplomats fear that North Korea will resume long-range nuclear or ballistic tests if no progress is made soon.

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