North Korea Rules out ‘Any Contact’ with US

The North Korean foreign minister has ruled out “any contact” with the United States, saying negotiations with Washington would lead “nowhere.”

Ri Son Gwon made the remarks on Wednesday, a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s influential sister said Washington had “wrong” expectations for dialogue, rejecting the US interpretation of her brother’s latest speech as a signal of Pyongyang’s openness to an early resumption of negotiations.

“It seems that the US may interpret the situation in such a way as to seek a comfort for itself,” Kim Yo-jong said in a statement on Tuesday.

She was responding to US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, who on Sunday described as an “interesting signal” the North Korean leader’s Friday speech, in which he said his country needed to prepare for “both dialogue and confrontation” with the US under President Joe Biden.

The North Korean foreign minister welcomed Kim’s rejection of the “hasty judgment, conjecture and expectation of the US.”

“We are not considering even the possibility of any contact with the US, let alone having it, which would get us nowhere, only taking up precious time,” he said in a statement carried by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday.

Source: Press TV

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