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Tuesday, December 03, 2019, 14:51
DPRK says up to US to decide what 'Christmas gift' it wants
By Reuters
Tuesday, December 03, 2019, 14:51 By Reuters

SEOUL — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) said on Tuesday the United States was trying to drag out denuclearization talks ahead of the US presidential election next year and issued a veiled threat to Washington to soften its demands, state media reported.

Ri Thae-song, DPRK's vice-foreign minister in charge of US affairs, accused Washington of being "keen on earning time" instead of making concessions

Ri Thae-song, DPRK's vice-foreign minister in charge of US affairs, accused Washington of being "keen on earning time" instead of making concessions.

"The dialogue touted by the U.S. is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favour of the political situation and election in the U.S.," Ri said in a statement on state news agency KCNA.

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"What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get."

Ri singled out a US State Department statement calling for "sustained and substantial dialogue" after DPRK's test of its new multiple rocket launchers on Thursday.

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Negotiations between DPRK and the United States have hit a stalemate after a day-long working-level meeting in October in Stockholm broke down.

Kim has set an end-year deadline for Washington to show flexibility in its position, but US officials have described the deadline as artificial.

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