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 TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE visits South Korea.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnDemocrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote Protesters destroy portraits of US ambassador in South Korea North Korea accuses US of 'hostile provocation' in missile test criticism 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.