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North Korea Says US must Drop Hostile Policy to Restart Talks

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Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:03 GMT

The United States must drop its "hostile policy" towards North Korea in order to resume stalled denuclearisation talks, a senior North Korean official said on Wednesday November 20th.

After meeting Russian officials in Moscow, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters it would be "impossible" to hold another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump if he maintains his current stance.

"To negotiate with the United States going forward, we would be able to discuss nuclear issues again when it withdraws all of its hostile policy against us," Choe said without specifying what constituted such a policy.

According to Reuters, North Korea's foreign ministry said on November 17th that a recent United Nations resolution on its human rights was a US-led "provocation".

Asked what US action was needed to resume talks, Choe said the Americans know very well.

"The US side will have to lift all measures with which they treat us as an enemy and then inform us of such a strategic decision," she added.

In June 2018, Kim and Trump held a first landmark summit in Singapore and agreed to boost relations and negotiate an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

However, the talks have made no significant progress, and their second summit collapsed in Vietnam in February.

In June, the two leaders agreed to re-open negotiations. Yet working-level talks in October between officials in Sweden ended with the North Korean envoy accusing the US delegation of coming to the table without anything substantial.

Choe met Russian officials, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday.

Her remarks were the latest in a series of statements in recent weeks by senior North Korean officials calling for US action to show more flexibility.

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