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World US envoy says time running short for North Korea deal

22:50  20 november  2019
22:50  20 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

North Korea assails US, South Korea and UN nuclear agency

  North Korea assails US, South Korea and UN nuclear agency UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Monday accused the United States of "political and military provocations" and South Korea of "double-dealing behavior." North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Kim Song made the accusations in a speech to a General Assembly meeting on the International Atomic Energy Agency, which he accused of "ignorance of the prevailing reality of the Korean peninsula." Kim said relations between the U.S. and North Korea "have made UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Monday accused the United States of "political and military provocations" and South Korea of "double-dealing behavior.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. official in charge of talks with North Korea said Wednesday that time is running short to achieve a deal, but not because of the end-of-year deadline set by the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump prepare to shake hands at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, North Korea’s supreme decision-making institution has lashed out at planned U.S.-South Korean drills and warned that the United States will face “bigger threat and harsh suffering” if it ignores North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s end-of-year deadline to salvage the nuclear diplomacy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)© Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump prepare to shake hands at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, North Korea’s supreme decision-making institution has lashed out at planned U.S.-South Korean drills and warned that the United States will face “bigger threat and harsh suffering” if it ignores North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s end-of-year deadline to salvage the nuclear diplomacy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

A crisis or any other distraction could derail talks to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program despite the historic meetings between Kim and President Donald Trump, according to Stephen Biegun, the administration’s special representative for North Korea.

North Korea warns of retaliation against U.S-South Korea military drills

  North Korea warns of retaliation against U.S-South Korea military drills North Korea threatened on Wednesday to retaliate if the United States goes ahead with scheduled military drills with South Korea, ramping up pressure on Washington to change course as a year-end North Korean deadline for U.S. flexibility approaches. The statement came even though Washington said last week that the joint aerial exercise planned for next month would be reduced in scope from previous drills.

“The window is still open but they need to seize the moment,” Biegun told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was holding a hearing on his nomination to be deputy secretary of state.

Biegun, who would still be in charge of North Korea even if he is confirmed for the deputy position, said Kim should grant more authority to the officials who negotiate on his behalf in order to make more progress.

So far, though, Biegun said the U.S. has seen no “concrete evidence” that North Korea intends to eliminate its nuclear weapons.

Negotiations faltered after the U.S. rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of the North’s nuclear capabilities.

The North Korean leader set the end of year as a deadline for the U.S. to offer an acceptable deal to salvage the talks.

Man accused of helping North Korea evade US sanctions .
An American citizen has been accused of helping North Korea to evade U.S. sanctions, federal prosecutors in New York announced Friday. © The Hill Man accused of helping North Korea evade US sanctions Virgil Griffith has been charged with conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which allows the president to regulate foreign transactions due to threats or emergencies, according to a criminal complaint. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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