NK warns US not to ig­nore year-end dead­line

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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.”

Kim Yong-chol

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