Pyongyang plays down chances of US talks
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”.