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 TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life 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 UnDonald Trump as Winston Churchill? Overnight Defense: Navy hospital ship heading to Los Angeles | Military field hospitals to deploy to New York, Seattle | Pompeo flies to Afghanistan to revive peace process North Korea says Trump offered country help amid coronavirus pandemic 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.