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North Korea slams US calls for de-nuclearisation progress as "nonsense"

Mirror logo Mirror 21/04/2019 Joori Roh & Sam Rkaina


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North Korea has slammed US calls for the country to show it's serious about giving up its nuclear weapons as "nonsense".

The criticism was aimed at US National Security Adviser John Bolton, and it's the second time North Korea has criticised a leading US official in less than a week.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes his way to board a train to depart for North Korea at Dong Dang railway station in Vietnam, March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon © Thomson Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes his way to board a train to depart for North Korea at Dong Dang railway station in Vietnam, March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Donald Trump has said he is open to a third summit with  Kim Jong Un, but Bolton told Bloomberg News on Wednesday there first needed to be "a real indication from North Korea that they've made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons".

"Bolton, national security adviser of the White House, showed above himself by saying such a nonsense," North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in response.

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un are posing for a picture: Trump's last meeting with Kim appeared to make little progress © AFP/Getty Images Trump's last meeting with Kim appeared to make little progress "Bolton's remarks make me wonder whether they sprang out of incomprehension of the intentions of the top leaders of the DPRK and the US or whether he was just trying to talk with a certain sense of humour for his part, with its own deviation," she said, referring to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.

"All things considered, his word has no charm in it and he looks dim-sighted to me."

Gallery: Photos of North Korea that Kim Jong Un wouldn't want you to see (Business Insider)

The North Korean vice minister also warned that there would be no good if the United States continued "to throw away such remarks devoid of discretion and reason".

North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and that he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down.

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