North Korea says denuclearisation 'gone out of the negotiation table'

Nellie Chapman
December 8, 2019

North Korea says it carried out a "very significant " test at its Sohae satellite launch site Saturday afternoon.

KCNA said the test results would be used for upgrading the country's strategic status.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a multiple rocket launcher site at an undisclosed location.

The Kim missive raises the stakes on an earlier warning from North Korea that discussions related to its nuclear weapons program, the centerpiece of U.S. engagement with the rogue nation in the past two years, could be scrapped due to Washington's unwillingness to offer concessions.

The statement from North Korea's ambassador to the UN Kim Song came after Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom on Wednesday condemned North Korea's "continued testing of ballistic missiles", and called for strict enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang.

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Kim's comments also referred to a joint statement released Wednesday in which six European Union nations condemned North Korea's short-range missile tests on November 28.

"We do not need to have lengthy talks with the U.S. now and denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiating table", he said in the statement made available to Reuters. The North Korean envoy accused the Europeans of playing "the role of pet dog of the United States in recent months".

President Donald Trump said, Saturday, December 7, he does not think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to interfere in next year's USA presidential election and said he would be surprised if Pyongyang acted in a hostile way.

Trump and Kim have had two summits, but have been unable to strike a comprehensive agreement in which North Korea agrees to give up its nuclear weapons.

U.S. President Donald Trump sought to play down a recent surge in tensions with North Korea, stressing what he said was his good relationship with its leader Kim Jong Un and saying he thought Kim wanted a deal, not to interfere in next year's U.S. presidential election.

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