North Korea's UN ambassador: Denuclearization is off the table

 North Korea's UN ambassador: Denuclearization is off the table
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North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations said Saturday that denuclearization talks with the U.S. are off the table.

"We do not need to have lengthy talks with the US now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table," the ambassador, Kim Song, said in a statement, according to CNN

Kim added that the "sustained and substantial dialogue" pursued by the U.S. was just a "time-saving trick" meant to benefit a "domestic political agenda."

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The comments come as the end-of-the-year deadline set by North Korea for nuclear negotiations nears. A North Korean official this week also warned that the U.S. would choose what “Christmas gift” it wants from Pyongyang. 

Asked about North Korea, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE said Saturday that he would be surprised if North Korea acted with hostility. 

"I have a very good relationship with [North Korean leader] Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnActivity seen at North Korean missile research center: report South Korea and the billion mustache North Korea replaces its foreign minister: report MORE," Trump said. "I think we both want to keep it that way. He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that."

"He’s somebody I’ve gotten along with very well for three years," he added. 

According to Reuters, Kim has said he could possibly take a "new path" next year, sparking fears that Pyongyang could resume nuclear bomb and long-range missile testing.