Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

North Korea says U.S. denuclearization talks 'out of negotiation table'

North Korea says U.S. denuclearization talks 'out of negotiation table'

North Korea has reportedly carried out a "very important" test at its Sohae satellite launch site, a rocket testing ground that United States officials once said North Korea had promised to close.

But Pyongyang has carried out several rocket launches there that were condemned by the United States and others as disguised long-range ballistic missile tests.

Pyongyang didn't say what type of test was conducted, but North Korea's KCNA news agency said it took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, which experts believe the country has used to test rockets.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a multiple rocket launcher site at an undisclosed location.

There was no immediate comment from the South Korean military, which usually issues alerts if a missile is seen launching from North Korea.

West Sea satellite launch was a very serious test.

The latest test comes as Pyongyang is ramping up pressure ahead of its end-of-year deadline for the U.S. to propose a new offer to kickstart stalled nuclear talks.

He went on to state that the denuclearization of North Korea, sought by US President Donald Trump, has already been taken off the table.

State media KCNA reported that a "significant" test was carried out on Sunday, local time, at its Sohae satellite launch site, but did not specify what was tested at the site previously used to launch rockets into space.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had agreed to shutter the Sohae site during a summit a year ago with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang as part of trust-building measures.

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The Kim missive raises the stakes on an earlier warning from North Korea that discussions related to its nuclear weapons program, the centerpiece of United States engagement with the rogue nation in the past two years, could be scrapped due to Washington's unwillingness to offer concessions.

"We do not need to have lengthy talks with the USA now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table", he said.

Song's statement was a response to Wednesday's condemnation by six European countries of North Korea's 13 ballistic missile launches since May.

Kim Song, Pyongyang's envoy to the United Nations, dismissed the Trump administration's calls for dialogue Saturday as a "timesaving trick" exclusively for "its domestic political agenda".

United Nations diplomats had feared that North Korea will resume long-range nuclear or ballistic tests if no progress is made soon.

The statement on Thursday is the latest in a series of increasingly dire warnings by North Korea, and recalls the strong language between the two leaders that escalated in 2017, before a landmark meeting the following year in Singapore.

"As these six European Union member states are making much trouble to play the role of pet dog of the United States in recent months, one can not but wonder what do they get in return for currying favor with" Washington", the statement continued.

Pyeongyang is stepping up its pressure on the the regime's year-end deadline approaches for progress to be made in the nuclear negotiations.

The news comes amid an announcement that denuclearization talks with the United States are no longer on the table.

'The dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US, ' Ri said, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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