N.Korea Tells U.S. to Come up with New Ideas

  • By Cho Yi-jun, Roh Suk-jo

    November 19, 2019 12:54

    A North Korean mouthpiece in Japan on Monday called on U.S. President Donald Trump to come to North Korea with a "new calculation method."

    The Choson Sinbo daily was responding to a tweet from Trump the previous day, where he told North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at another meeting by signing off "See you soon!" North Korean Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye-gwan said, "I interpreted President Trump's words on Twitter as hinting at a new summit."

    "The grace period North Korea has provided, which will end at the end of December, is approaching," the daily said. "Now is time for the U.S. president to come up with a new calculation method."

    It also speculated about Trump embarking on an "historic visit to Pyongyang." Kim was quoted as saying that he is "no longer interested in fruitless meetings" and adding that the North will not present the U.S. president with anything to boast about if it does not get anything in return.

    He was apparently referring to Trump's boasts of his diplomatic achievement in engaging North Korea and persuading it to halt nuclear and long-range missile tests.

    Trump is desperately in need of a breakthrough as he faces the threat of impeachment and a difficult reelection campaign, while the North Korean leader has presented a year-end deadline for dialogue with the U.S.

    It is unclear what deal they could reach. One former high-ranking diplomat said, "The aging Yongbyon nuclear facility accounts for only a portion of North Korea's nuclear capacity and is not very effective in terms of denuclearization. Exchanging its closure for an easing of sanctions is the same as jettisoning leverage to pressure North Korea to denuclearize."

    North Korea has been persistently demanding a "fundamental solution" after it walked out on working-level talks in Sweden early last month.

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