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North Korea not responding to multiple calls for talks, US says


A US diplomat said on Tuesday that North Korea had ignored several US overtures for talks. The US offer to help with the Covid outbreak was also ignored.

Sung Kim, the United States special representative to North Korea, was speaking after North Korean ballistic missile tests the country carried out on Sunday.

US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have publicly stated on several occasions that Washington is seeking diplomatic talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea “without preconditions”, Kim said.

“We have also reached out to get this message through private channels. This includes high-level personal messages from senior US officials to senior DPRK officials,” he told reporters during a briefing. briefing.

“Over the past year, we have sent such messages in multiple ways, through third parties, directly in writing,” he added, noting that this included China neighboring North Korea. .

These messages included specific proposals on humanitarian cooperation and assistance in the face of the recent Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea, Kim said.

“However, to date the DPRK has not responded and continues to show no sign of interest in engaging,” he said.

North Korea is believed to be on the verge of testing a new nuclear weapon.

(With agency contributions)

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