NK warns US not to ignore year-end deadline
SEOUL (AP) — North Korea said on Sunday there had been no progress in North Korea-United States relations, and hostilities that could lead to an exchange of fire had continued, according to North Korea’s state news agency KCNA.
In a statement under the name of North Korean senior official Kim Yong-chol, KCNA said it would be a mistake for the U.S. to ignore a year-end deadline on U.S. President Donald Trump’s and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s “close personal relations.”
Kim Jong-un has set an end-of-the-year deadline for denuclearization talks with Washington.
Kim Yong-chol was nuclear talks envoy to the U.S. for the talks between the two countries before the second summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un in Vietnam in February ended in failure.
Kim Yong-chol said the U.S. had been pressuring North Korea in a “more crafty and vicious way” instead of heeding North Korea’s call for Washington to adopt a new approach, adding that the U.S. had been persistently pushing other countries to impose U.N. sanctions on North Korea.
The statement quoted Kim Yong-chol as saying he hoped U.S.-North Korean relations did not underscore that “there are permanent foes but no permanent friends.”