Py­ongyang plays down chances of US talks

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North Korea said the prospect of fur­ther nu­clear talks with the US was di­min­ish­ing af­ter Wash­ing­ton reaf­firmed Py­ongyang’s des­ig­na­tion as a state spon­sor of ter­ror­ism. Diplo­macy be­tween the coun­tries has stalled since a Fe­bru­ary meet­ing in Hanoi be­tween North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump broke up amid dis­agree­ments over sanc­tions re­lief. North Korea has since car­ried out a se­ries of test launches, fir­ing what it called a “su­per-large mul­ti­ple rocket launcher” last week. Last Fri­day, the US State De­part­ment con­firmed North Korea’s des­ig­na­tion as a state spon­sor of ter­ror­ism. North Korea’s for­eign min­istry called the move “a grave, po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated provo­ca­tion”.

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