North Korea said Thursday that South Korea should stop conducting talks between Pyongyang and Washington as the North intensified its pressure on the United States to rescue nuclear diplomacy between the two nations.
The Declaration of the North came two days before President Trump's planned two-day visit to South Korea after the G20 summit in Osaka. However, there are no signs that North Korea is officially abandoning talks with the US while continuing to discuss "friendly relations" between Trump and Kim Jong Un.
The two heads of government have not met since the second summit in February Vietnam did not reunite the two leaders. Kim returned home empty-handed from Hanoi after Trump refused to provide him with much-needed sanction relief in return for a limited denuclearization move. The failed summit was a blow to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who acted as liaison between the two countries, hoping to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis in the north.
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Personal letters were exchanged in conversations about resurrected diplomacy recently taken by Trump and Kim, and Moon announced earlier this week that US and North Korean officials conducted "behind the scenes" talks to coordinate a third summit between the two leaders.
Kwon Jong Gun, head of North Korea's Department of US Affairs, said Thursday the North will "never cross China again" when working with the United States.
"It is better for the South Korean Kwon's statement came after Chinese President Xi Jinping had visited North Korea and became the first Chinese president to visit the isolated nation for 14 years. Experts said Xi's meeting with Kim was an offer by China to play a bigger role as a broker in the nuclear issue to strengthen Beijing's influence over Washington in a continuing trade dispute.
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Following Kim's previous statement, Kwon called on the US to come up with acceptable nuclear weapons proposals by the end of this year.
"[North Korea] -US talks are not conducted by themselves if the US repeats the resumption of dialogue like a parrot, without thinking about realistic proposals that are in the interest of both sides. "
North Korean officials said on Wednesday that this was not the case They subdued the US-led sanctions and accused Washington of trying to" bring us to their knees ". US officials said the sanctions would remain in place unless the Kim regime takes significant steps toward nuclear disarmament.
Fox News & # 39; Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press have contributed to this report.