By : Marwa Mahmoud
North Korea’s first deputy foreign minister, Choi Sun Hwi, has announced that his country will not resume nuclear negotiations with United States unless Washington gives up “hostile policies” toward Pyongyang.
Choi’s statement came after a series of similar announcements from North Korea to confirm that “it will not provide Trump with high-level meetings, which he can boast of as foreign policy achievements, unless it gets something substantial in return,” according to the Associated Press.
These events come, after a statement from President Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, on Thursday, in which he said that the US president “may seek another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as an October surprise,” before the US presidential election.
For his part, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has pressed hard to help establish the now stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, expressed his hope that Trump and Kim will meet again before the elections, at a video conference with European leaders, Tuesday.
Kim and Trump have met three times since embarking on their high-risk nuclear diplomacy in 2018, but negotiations have stalled since their second summit in February last year in Vietnam, as the Americans rejected North Korea’s demands to ease key sanctions in exchange for a partial waiver of its nuclear capability.