N.Korea Spurns Overtures to Restart Dialogue

  • By Kim Myong-song

    June 17, 2019 13:01

    North Korea is giving the silent treatment to any efforts from South Korea and the U.S. to restart nuclear dialogue.

    U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, will visit South Korea early next week just a couple of days ahead of President Donald Trump and has been angling for a meeting with North Korean officials at the border truce village of Panmunjom, only to be met with deafening silence.

    A North Korean stamp commemorating the first anniversary of the summit with the U.S. in Singapore /Yonhap

    The North also sent no officials to meetings this month in Norway, Mongolia and Hong Kong which were attended by representatives from the stalled six-party denuclearization talks who had hoped to meet North Korean officials there.

    And yet North Korea has printed a set of stamps commemorating the first U.S.-North summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018, according Koryo Tours, which offers trips to the isolated state. That could suggest it will only engage in top-level meetings with the U.S.

    Pyongyang has yet to respond to South Korea's offer of another inter-Korean summit this month, and has been downright rude in dismissing South Korean offers of food aid.

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