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DPRK rules out talks with South Korea

Negotiations will not resume until the joint U.S.-Korean military drills are over, North Korean diplomat says
08:47, 12 August 2019

AFP

The DPRK claimed there could be no talks with South Korea until Seoul and the U.S. Army contingent wrap up the joint military exercise. Kwon Jong Gun, the high-rank North Korean diplomat said this as quoted by Reuters.

“Given that the military exercise clearly puts us as an enemy in its concept,” said Kwon Jong Gun, director-general for American affairs at the foreign ministry.“They should think that an inter-Korean contact itself will be difficult to be made unless they put an end to such a military exercise or before they make a plausible excuse or an explanation in a sincere manner,” the news agency quoted the official.

Related: EU demands from North Korea to stop missile launch and continue talks with U.S.

He said that Seoul's demands to stop missile test launches were "rubbish".

The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took place on June 30/ The sides agreed to restart the negotiations that had stalled; however, over the past two weeks, Pyongyang has performed several rounds of missile tests

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