- Title: North Korea says it has no intention to sit down with U.S. - KCNA
- Date: 7th July 2020
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - DECEMBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF BIEGUN SHAKING HANDS WITH SOUTH KOREA'S SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR KOREAN PENINSULA PEACE AND SECURITY AFFAIRS, LEE DO-HOON BIEGUN SPEAKING MEETING IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 21st July 2020 02:23
- Keywords: KCNA Kwon Jong Gun North Korea Pyongyang U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun foreign ministry statement the United States
- Location: INTERNET / SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: INTERNET / SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: North Korea
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003CLT6HQF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE REFER TO 26/06 5029 NORTHKOREA-USA/ANNIVERSARY-DMZ-FILE FOR FILE MATERIAL OF NORTH KOREA-U.S. TALKS AT DEMILITARISED ZONE
North Korea has no intention to sit down with the United States and urged South Korea to "stop meddling," a senior diplomat said on Tuesday (July 7), just as a U.S. envoy was due to visit Seoul in an effort to renew stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang.
Kwon Jong Gun, director general for U.S. affairs at Pyongyang's foreign ministry, accused South Korea of misinterpreting Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui's earlier statement dismissing an "untimely rumor" about another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.
Choe said on Saturday (July 4) that North Korea does not feel the need for a new summit, days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had offered to mediate between Kim and Trump, suggested the two leaders meet again before the U.S. elections in November.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who led the talks with the North Koreans, was due to arrive in Seoul late on Tuesday for talks with Seoul officials over ways to revive the negotiations.
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