August 13, 2020

No talks with the U.S. while “threats” persist, top North Korean official says
Kim Yong Chol insists "confidence-building" must precede any negotiations on nuclear issue

North Korea has "no intention" to sit down for with the U.S. without firm assurances that Washington will withdraw its "hostile policy" towards Pyongyang, a top official said in a statement released Tuesday.

The statement, issued by Kim Yong Chol, a senior official on the DPRK ruling party's Central Committee and Chairman of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, also rejected U.S. efforts to improve ties through the recent postponement of a joint U.S.-ROK military drill.