UPDATED 10:55 AM PT — Saturday, January 11, 2020
North Korea is saying it has been deceived by the United States. In a statement released from the state-run news agency, an adviser to chairman Kim Jong-un said the communist nation has been caught in a dialog with the U.S. for more than a year and called it “lost time.”
The official also said there will never be another negotiation about giving up its nuclear assets and that the regime will not have its time wasted again.
“We have been deceived by the U.S., being caught in the dialogue with it for over one year and a half. That was lost time for us. There will never be such negotiations as that in Vietnam, in which we proposed exchanging a core nuclear facility of the country for the lift of some UN sanctions. There is no need for us to be present in such talks, in which there is only unilateral pressure.”
– Kim Kye-gwan, Foreign Ministry Adviser of North Korea
Though Kim Jong-un received a birthday message from President Trump and has good personal feelings towards the president, the adviser said this is not enough to restart talks.
“The South Korean authorities had better not dream a fabulous dream that we would return to the dialogue with thankful feelings for the birthday greetings,” he added.