North Korea on Saturday said denuclearization talks with the United States were “out of the negotiation table,” while slamming European UN Security Council members who had recently denounced its “provocative” ballistic missile launches.
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 US now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table.”
Song also 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.
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 US concession.
UN diplomats fear that North Korea will resume long-range nuclear or ballistic tests if no progress is made soon.
Trump and Moon discuss maintaining talks with North: Seoul
Seoul (AFP) Dec 7, 2019 -
South Korea‘s President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed during a phone conversation to maintain dialogue with the nuclear-armed North, Seoul said Saturday, with the two allies noting the situation had become “grave”.
Denuclearisation negotiations have been at a standstill since a summit in Hanoi broke up in February and pressure is rising as an end-of-year deadline to offer concessions, set by Pyongyang for Washington, approaches.
The 30-minute talk was the first conversation between the US President and the South Korean leader since they met at the UN General Assembly in New York in September.
“The two leaders shared an assessment that the current situation on the Korean peninsula is grave,” said Ko Min-jung, the spokeswoman of the South’s presidential office.
“They agreed momentum for dialogue to achieve prompt results from denuclearisation negotiations should be continued,” she went on to say, adding that Trump had requested the call.
The discussion came after a week in which exchanges between Trump and North Korea raised the prospect of a return to a war of words, culminating in Pyongyang’s threats to resume referring to the US president as a “dotard” and to take military action if the US military moves against it.
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N.Korea warns Trump it will use ‘corresponding’ force if attacked
Seoul (AFP) Dec 4, 2019
North Korea on Wednesday warned that if the United States used military force against Pyongyang it would take “prompt corresponding actions at any level”, in response to comments by US President Donald Trump.
Denuclearisation negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been deadlocked since a summit in Hanoi broke up in February, and the renewed threats come as a deadline set by Pyongyang for fresh concessions approaches.
Trump on Tuesday indicated that military action was still possible … read more