North Korean officials said Monday that they are no longer interested in meeting with President Donald Trump unless the United States drops its “hostile policy” and comes to the table with new concessions.
In a statement to the Korean language website of the official Korean Central News Agency on Monday, Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan said North Korea is tired of handing Trump victories that the president can then crow about on Twitter.
“We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us,” the statement said, according to The Associated Press. “As we have got nothing in return, we will no longer gift the U.S. president with something he can brag about, but get compensation for the successes that President Trump is proud of as his administrative achievements.”
The statement was an apparent response to a tweet from the president Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has met with Trump three times since the latter took office, should “act quickly, get the deal done.
“See you soon,” the president said in the tweet.
Mr. Chairman, Joe Biden may be Sleepy and Very Slow, but he is not a “rabid dog.” He is actually somewhat better than that, but I am the only one who can get you where you have to be. You should act quickly, get the deal done. See you soon! https://t.co/kO2k14lTf7— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019
Talks between the two countries have been at a standstill for several months over disagreements about when the North Koreans would begin dismantling their nuclear program and the United States would lift the economic sanctions that have crippled the country.
What began as a chummy dialogue between the two leaders has devolved in recent months because of the stalemate. A statement from North Korea’s State Affairs Commission last week took aim at Trump personally for the lack of progress.
“We, without being given anything, gave things the U.S. president can brag about but the U.S. side has not yet taken any corresponding step,” the statement said. “Now, betrayal is only what we feel from the U.S. side.”