North Korea refuses to revive talks with US

Amman, North Korea said Thursday it has “no interest” in dialogue unless Washington stops “escalating hostile military moves”.

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun told reporters in Seoul late Wednesday that Washington is ready to resume stalled denuclearization talks as soon as he hears from his counterparts in North Korea.

But a spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry dashed hopes for renewed dialogue on Thursday, attacking a recent mid-range cruise missile test by the US and plans to deploy F-35 fighter jets in the region as “dangerous” moves that can “trigger a new cold war”.

“This compels us to weigh a realistic way of turning our attention more to strengthening the physical deterrence,” he said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

“We remain unchanged in our position to resolve all issues in a peaceful manner through dialogue and negotiation,” he added, stressing “However, dialogue accompanied by military threats is of no interest to us.”

He also criticized South Korea for violating inter-Korean agreements aimed at reducing cross-border tensions, by buying high-tech weapons from the US.

The remarks came as US special envoy for N. Korea Stephen Biegun is visiting South Korea to discuss the political situation on the peninsula with government officials in Seoul and resume nuclear negotiations between N. Korea and US.

Source: Jordan News Agency