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Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 10:23
DPRK vice-foreign minister urges US to resume talks by year-end
By Xinhua
Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 10:23 By Xinhua

PYONGYANG - Ri Thae-song, vice-minister of foreign affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), urged the United States on Tuesday to start dialogue with Pyongyang before the year-end deadline.

"Drawing nearer is the year-end time limit the DPRK set for the U.S." to bring practical action to the negotiating table, the KCNA quoted Ri Thae-song, DPRK's vice-minister of foreign affairs, as saying

"Drawing nearer is the year-end time limit the DPRK set for the U.S." to bring practical action to the negotiating table, the official Korean Central News Agency quoted Ri as saying.

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Ri said the dialogue touted by the United States is "nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the U.S.."

Pyongyang and Washington held working-level talks on denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in early October in Stockholm, which broke down after only a few hours.

Ri said the DPRK has done its utmost not to backtrack from the important steps it has taken on its own initiative.

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The DPRK said recently it was losing patience and would not hold talks for the sake of it unless Washington changes its hostile policies towards Pyongyang. 


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