NK is making a dumb mistake. North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song said Saturday that denuclearization is off the table in negotiations with the United States, despite two major summits between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump. "We do not need to have lengthy talks with the U.S. now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table," he said in a statement sent to CBS News.
The statement by the ambassador took shots at the White House's attempts to keep talks open. "The alleged 'sustained and substantial dialogue' claimed by the United States is none other than a time-saving trick to make expedient use of the DPRK-U.S. dialogue solely in its domestic political agenda," he said, using the acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Kim Song also reacted to a December 4 joint statement by six European nations that "condemned" North Korea. North Korea's envoy called the European action "another serious provocation" and "stupid and serious." Thirteen ballistic missile launches by North Korea since May have upped the pressure on the U.S. and world leaders to negotiate to lift sanctions if Pyongyang dismantles its nuclear weapons program, although Washington has made clear that complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization would be needed for any easing of economic measures.