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

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2019

North Korea had another successful satellite launch in 2016.

Denuclearization is off the table in negotiations with the United States, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations said in a statement Saturday.

His comments follow other recent North Korean statements indicating that prospects are dim for a resumption of nuclear diplomacy between the United States and North Korea.

Kim's comments also referred to a joint statement released Wednesday in which six European Union nations condemned North Korea's short-range missile tests on November 28.

North Korea said Saturday denuclearization talks with the United States were 'out of the negotiation table.

Before the Singapore talks, North Korea had long said it would denuclearise only if the US withdrew its 28,500 troops from South Korea, ended military drills with the South and took other steps to guarantee the North's security.

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. But media reports say a new satellite image indicated North Korea may be preparing to resume testing engines used to power satellite launchers at the site.

Earlier this week, North Korea's Foreign Ministry repeated a call for Washington to change its "hostile policies" and said it was up to Washington to decide what "Christmas gift" came at the end of the year.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had agreed to shutter the Sohae site during a summit a year ago with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang as part of trust-building measures.

It said the two leaders agreed the situation has become "severe" and "dialogue momentum should be maintained to achieve prompt results from denuclearization negotiations".

Even so, Jenny Town of 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea project, said it was unclear how literally Kim Song's words should be taken.

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