Kim and Trump have met three times since they started nuclear diplomacy in 2018, but negotiations have stalled since their second summit in February last year in Vietnam, where the Americans have rejected North Korean calls for significant sanctions in exchange for a handover its nuclear capability.
Kim entered 2020 and promised to step up his nuclear deterrence in the face of “gangster-style” US sanctions and pressure. Choe’s statement followed a series of similar declarations from the North that Trump would no longer give top-class meetings that he could boast of as foreign policy achievements unless something essential is returned.
“Is it possible to have a dialogue or do business with the United States that remains in hostile policies towards the DPRK without taking into account the agreements made at the previous summit?” Choe said, referring to North Korea with its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“We have no need to sit across from the US because they don’t take DPRK into account. Dialogue is nothing more than an instrument to deal with its political crisis, ”she said.
Some analysts believe that North Korea would avoid serious negotiations with the United States, at least until the November presidential election, as the U.S. leadership may change.
Choe said the north had already set out a “detailed strategic timetable” for managing what she described as US threats.
“The United States is wrong to believe that things like negotiations will still work for us,” she said.
The north has also increased pressure against South Korea in recent months, blowing up an inter-Korean liaison office on its territory and threatening to abandon a bilateral military agreement to ease tensions. This is followed by months of frustration over Seoul’s unwillingness to resist US sanctions and resume joint economic projects that would breathe life into the broken north economy.
The state media of the north said Friday that while Kim oversaw a meeting of the ruling Labor Party political bureau on Thursday, Kim discussed “import issues related to external relations” but did not specify what they were.