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DPRK claims U.S. proposed holding more talks in December

  • November 15, 2019
  • , Yomiuri, Sankei , Kyodo
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Yomiuri wrote from Seoul that North Korea’ state-run Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday on a statement by Kim Myong Gil, who heads the DPRK’s negotiations with the United States, claiming that Pyongyang has received a proposal from Washington to hold more talks in December. Kim said in the statement that his gut feeling is that the United States is not ready to offer a “satisfactory answer” to North Korea and that the DPRK is not interested in a meeting under such circumstances. The paper took this remark to mean that the North Korean official was urging the United States to make concessions.


Sankei ran a similar Kyodo report saying that Kim Myong Gil claimed that Special Representative for North Korea Biegun proposed holding more talks through a third country. The DPRK official reportedly said in the statement that if the United States has come up with a “solution,” Washington should explain it to Pyongyang directly and that its proposal for dialogue with the DPRK is merely an attempt to earn time.

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