NKorea says, No Negotiations, as President Trump Wings to Asia
Saturday, NKorea ruled out talks and threatened to increase its nuclear arsenal in a fresh warning to Donald Trump’s administration, as the President Trump set off on a 10 day tour of Asia.
Tensions over NKorea’s nuclear and missile threats looming large, as President is due to arrive in SKorea Tuesday, after first visiting Japan.
The North’s state-run KCNA news agency said in a commentary that the US should be disabused of the “absurd idea” that Pyongyang would succumb to international sanctions and give up its nuclear weapons, adding that it is in “the final stage for completing nuclear deterrence”.
“It had better stop daydreaming of denuclearisation talks with us”, said the commentary titled “Stop dreaming a daydream”.
“Our self-defensive nuclear treasure sword will be sharpened evermore unless the US hostile policy toward the DPRK is abolished once and for all”, it said, using an acronym for the official name of North Korea.
The White House said Trump will deliver a speech at SKorea’s National Assembly and urge “common resolve in the face of shared threat”.
President Trump has dismissed direct talks with Pyongyang as “waste of time”, will meet with President Moon Jae-In, who came to power early this year advocating for engagement with Pyongyang, a stance denounced as “appeasement” by President Trump.
Expected President Trump to avoid putting President Moon in a quandary by renewing threats against the North, particularly with SKorea hosting the Winter Olympics in February next year.
President Moon has had to dial back his policy of engagement with the North in the face of Pyongyang’s persistent nuclear and missile tests.
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