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NKorea: No Trump Summit for Free       11/18 06:49

   North Korea on Monday responded to a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump 
that hinted at another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying it 
has no interest in giving Trump further meetings to brag about unless it gets 
something substantial in return.

   SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Monday responded to a tweet by 
U.S. President Donald Trump that hinted at another summit with North Korean 
leader Kim Jong Un, saying it has no interest in giving Trump further meetings 
to brag about unless it gets something substantial in return.

   The statement by Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan is the latest call by 
North Korea for U.S. concessions ahead of an end-of-year deadline set by Kim 
Jong Un for the Trump administration to offer mutually acceptable terms for a 
deal to salvage nuclear diplomacy.

   Following a U.S. decision over the weekend to call off joint military 
exercises with South Korea to create space for diplomacy with the North, Trump 
in a tweet urged Kim Jong Un to "act quickly, get the deal done" and hinted at 
another summit between them, saying "See you soon!"

   But Kim Kye Gwan reiterated his government's stance that Washington must 
discard what North Korea sees as "hostile" policies to keep the negotiations 
alive.

   "Three rounds of DPRK-U.S. summit meetings and talks were held since June 
last year, but no particular improvement has been achieved in the DPRK-U.S. 
relations ... the U.S. only seeks to earn time, pretending it has made progress 
in settling the issue of the Korean Peninsula," he said in a statement carried 
by the official Korean Central News Agency, referring to North Korea by the 
initials of its formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

   "We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us. As we 
have got nothing in return, we will no longer gift the U.S. president with 
something he can boast of, but get compensation for the successes that 
President Trump is proud of as his administrative achievements."

   Kim Kye Gwan is a veteran diplomat who led the North Korean delegation at 
much of the now-dormant six-nation nuclear disarmament talks held in Beijing in 
2003-2008.

   His statement came hours after KCNA reported that Kim Jong Un supervised a 
parachuting drill by military sharpshooters and vowed to build an "invincible 
army," displaying more defiance despite the decision by the U.S. and South 
Korea to shelve their drills.

   It was North Korea's second publicized military drill in three days. A 
report Saturday said Kim urged combat pilots to prepare against enemies "armed 
to the teeth" while attending a flight demonstration.

   North Korea has been ramping up missile tests and other military 
demonstrations in recent months in an apparent pressure tactic over the talks.

   Negotiations have faltered since a February summit between Kim and Trump in 
Vietnam which broke down after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad 
sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear 
capabilities.

   Kim later issued his end-of-year deadline and has also said the North would 
seek a "new path" if the United States persists with sanctions and pressure.

   Working-level talks last month in Sweden broke down over what the North 
Koreans described as the Americans' "old stance and attitude."

   North Korea last week said the United States has proposed a resumption of 
negotiations in December. Kim Myong Gil, who was the North's main negotiator 
for the Stockholm talks, didn't clearly say whether the North would accept the 
supposed U.S. offer and said the country has no interest in talks if they are 
aimed at buying time without discussing solutions.

   He said North Korea isn't willing to make a deal over "matters of secondary 
importance," such as possible U.S. offers to formally declare an end to the 
1950-53 Korean War, which was halted by a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, or 
establish a liaison office between the countries.

   At an Asian defense ministers' conference in Bangkok on Sunday, U.S. Defense 
Secretary Mark Esper said the United States has indefinitely postponed a joint 
military exercise with South Korea in an "act of goodwill" toward North Korea.


(KR)

 
 
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