Pyongyang: A North Korea diplomat raised concerns on the future talks with US and its outcome as the “window of opportunity” for dialogues between the two is getting smaller, adding that Pyongyang expects reciprocal steps from Washington by the end of the year.
“We’ve given the United States quite a lot of time and we’re waiting for an answer by the end of this year, of some kind of result….But I must say that the window of opportunity closes every day,” said Jo Chol Su, the head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s North American department.
The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Jo’s remarks. Washington has been looking to resume stalled talks with North Korea, but a State Department spokeswoman said it had no meetings to announce.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed in June to reopen denuclearization talks that stalled after a failed summit in Vietnam in February, but these have gone nowhere. North Korea has been seeking a lifting of punishing sanctions, but the United States has insisted Kim must dismantle his nuclear weapons programme first.