Talks between Pyongyang and Washington have stalled since February Photo: KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/File
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N Korea dismisses nuclear talks if U.S. 'hostile military moves' continue

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North Korea said Thursday it has "no interest" in dialogue unless Washington stops "escalating hostile military moves", as a senior U.S. envoy visited Seoul with an eye on reviving nuclear talks with Pyongyang.

Talks between Pyongyang and Washington have stalled since a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February collapsed without an agreement.

The pair met again in June in the Demilitarized Zone and agreed to restart working-level dialogue, but those talks have yet to begin.

Meanwhile, North Korea has carried out several short-range missile tests in recent weeks in protest against annual U.S.-South Korea joint military drills that it sees as a rehearsal for invasion.

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea who leads the working-level talks, arrived in Seoul on Wednesday for a three-day trip, and said Washington was "prepared to engage" as soon as it hears from Pyongyang.

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 U.S .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. "However, dialogue accompanied by military threats is of no interest to us."

Washington stations nearly 30,000 troops in the South to defend it from its neighbor.

Trump tweeted earlier this month that Kim had sent him a letter -- hand-delivered to him -- in which he expressed hope that talks would resume "as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercise are over".

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The article is no help but the U.S. military and the South Korean military have been holding naval drills just outside North Korean waters for decades. Its pretty obvious by their choice of location they are meant to rattle the North Korean cage. This is part of the reason why North Korea went nuclear. Military goons refuse to give peace a chance. All they know is attack and harass.

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Heck NK has been saying this for years. Trump is naive to think that his BBF is going to bend over for him just because that had some talks together!

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So much for trump's beautiful love letters from kim. Who could think N. Korea could be so difficult? But it's ok, no one else could do it, only I could do it, and I'm the chosen one. Maybe I'll buy N. Korea.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

On my, so much winning......

Donnie better get on a plane and go suck up to the Little Dictator again...

He can make it a worthwhile trip and stop by Russia and see his Master Putin also....

7 ( +7 / -0 )

agree

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Zero progress.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Wouldn't worry about it guys. The chosen one has got this!!

Is that Kim or Trump?

6 ( +6 / -0 )

NK can do whatever it pleases with Trump's support.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

What is next? Another ballistic missile over Japan?

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Donny assured us he had this under control.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Geez Donny got suckered big time by little rocketman...

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Well, guess Kim will have to tighten that belt notch in some more. At this point he’s going to look like Iggy Pop if this continues.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

In other words, same old, same old. Nothing has changed, other than Mr. T making himself look like an ignorant fool.

Economic sanctions have limited power over Kim because he is a dictator, which by definition means he does not have to concern himself with the welfare of his people. A dictator's main concern is holding onto power. For that he or she needs a strong police state, and a military that is fanatically loyal to the dictator. Whereas in SK, Japan, or the U.S., politicians have to have at least some regards for the concerns of the voters, dictators need only concern themselves with how to ensure that the people under their control do not revolt.

Dictators are more concerned about foreign military intervention than about economic sanctions, but since Kim now has nuclear weapons and the ability to deploy them, any aggressive military actions against him would be very costly. Given what happened to Khadaffi after that dictator gave up his nuclear program, Kim will never, ever give up his nuclear weapons.

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The hypocrisy continues. Trump supporters and Fox News were bashing Obama when he said he would have a dialogue with enemy states. Yet, here is Trump cozying up to despots like Kim Jong Un and Putin (in fact, they love each other), and Fox News and Trump supporters love it and praise him for it.

Add in the fact that I'm pretty sure that if Obama had declared himself "The Chosen One", Fox News and Trumpsters would bash him for it. But when Trump says it, they either praise him for it, say nothing, or make lame excuses like "He's joking".

Double standards and hypocrisy seem to define Trump supporters. So typical.

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Double standards and hypocrisy seem to define Trump supporters. So typical.

The leftist/liberals are just as guilty. Only they believe what applies to Trump doesn't apply to them. So typical.

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And what are Kim and his cabinet looking up at in this photo? A UFO? NO! It's the starship with the Chosen One, Donnie Traitor - ready to kiss Kim's keister again. Business as usual.

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And what are Kim and his cabinet looking up at in this photo? A UFO? NO! It's the starship with the Chosen One, Donnie Traitor - ready to kiss Kim's keister again. Business as usual.

I figured it was the incoming ICBMs after one of their 'tests' accidentally dropped on Tokyo.

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And what are Kim and his cabinet looking up at in this photo? A UFO? NO! It's the starship with the Chosen One, Donnie Traitor - ready to kiss Kim's keister again. Business as usual.

...or maybe the Democrats decided to colonize a new planet.

The leftist/liberals are just as guilty. Only they believe what applies to Trump doesn't apply to them. So typical.

Bingo.

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