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 TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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 UnBrent Budowsky: The patriotic duty of Senate Republicans US ambassador: 'I was personally surprised' North Korea did not send 'Christmas gift' Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall 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.