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N. Korea warns again of year-end deadline set for US

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at an enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on April 9, 2019, in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency the next day. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

Pan Pacific Agency | COMMUICATION AGENCY FOR PACIFICA REGIONS

TOKYO, Dec 3, 2019, Kyodo. North Korea on Tuesday again urged the United States not to ignore a year-end deadline for denuclearization negotiations set by Pyongyang, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported, according to the Kyodo News.

“The DPRK has done its utmost with maximum perseverance not to backtrack from the important steps it has taken on its own initiative,” Ri Thae Song, vice foreign minister in charge of U.S. affairs, said in a statement carried by KCNA.

DPRK is the acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get,” Ri said in the statement in English.

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