North Korea: South must stop trying to mediate nuclear deadlock with US

North Korea: South must stop trying to mediate nuclear deadlock with US
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North Korea on Thursday urged South Korea not to mediate the nuclear deadlock between Pyongyang and the U.S., The Associated Press reported.

Kwon Jong Gun, chief of the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s U.S. affairs department, said it will “never go through” South Korea again when it deals with the United States. 

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"[North Korea]-U.S. talks won’t be held by themselves if the U.S. is repeating the resumption of dialogue like a parrot without thinking about realistic proposals that are in the interests of both sides,” Kwon also said, putting pressure on the U.S. to make concessions on sanctions.

The statement comes two days before President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE visits South Korea.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong Un North Korea launches missile tests, insults South Korean president Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move North Korean media: New US missiles in South Korea would trigger 'new Cold War' MORE are reportedly in talks to schedule a third meeting.

The two sides failed to reach a further agreement on the prospect of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula when they met in Vietnam earlier this year. North Korea has demanded relief from U.S. sanctions before more action is taken.