North Korea denies restarting nuclear negotiations, blames US for intending to “trigger a new cold war”
North Korea announced not to restart the nuclear talks with the US if the US continued its military actions on Thursday after US envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun paid a visit to South Korea for expecting to revive the nuclear negotiations with North Korea.
Photo: France 24
North Korea has rejected restarting the nuclear talks with the US on Thursday because of the US’s recent military actions, especially, US had shot its medium – range cruise missiles on Monday (August 19).
This North Korea’s announcement was as a response to the US envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun’s visit to South Korea for expressing the US’s hope for reviving the nuclear talks with North Korea “we are prepared to engage as soon as we hear from our counterparts in North Korea”.
South Korean deputy national security adviser even said “My impression was that North Korea and the United States would carry out dialogue soon, and it would go well” after having met Biegun.
The US envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun and South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon at the meeting (photo: VOA)
Nevertheless, a spokesman of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said “we remain unchanged in our position to resolve all issues in a peaceful manner through dialogue and negotiation. However, dialogue accompanied by military threats is of no interest to us”.
He also emphasized the US’s cruise missile test and plan to bring F – 35 jets in Korean peninsula were “dangerous” and could “trigger a new cold war”.
Moreover, he stated "This compels us to weigh a realistic way of turning our attention more to strengthening the physical deterrence", as Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted.
The relation between North Korea and the US is still in a stalemate after North Korea had carried out its series of short - range missile tests to protest against the joint military drills of the US and South Korea while the US launched its cruise missile following its stepping out of the INF treaty.
France 24, Reuters ( Van Nguyen )