North Korea sees no need to negotiate with the United States on denuclearization ahead of the visit of the US Special Representative to South Korea.
Vice Foreign Minister Tsoi Song Hee said that negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang will not take place and that the political course of North Korea will not undergo any changes, Reuters writes.
“We do not feel the need to sit face to face in negotiations with the United States, because they regard the DPRK-US dialogue as just a tool to overcome the political crisis,” the representative of the DPRK Foreign Ministry said.
In the coming days, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan is due to visit South Korea to discuss stalled negotiations with North Korea.
South Korean President Moon Jae-ying on the eve proposed a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before the US presidential election in November to resume nuclear disarmament talks.
The U.S. and DPRK began negotiations in 2018. The historic meeting of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un took place in Singapore. The second summit was held in Vietnam in 2019, but negotiations failed. Trump explained the failure of the summit by the fact that the DPRK demanded the lifting of all international sanctions in exchange for the dismantling of some nuclear facilities.
At the third meeting, which took place in June 2019 in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, both sides agreed to resume negotiations. But they also reached an impasse.