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World North Korea says 'not right time' for Kim to attend South Korea ASEAN summit

09:55  21 november  2019
09:55  21 november  2019 Source:   reuters.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.

BUSAN - South Korea has reiterated hopes for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit the southern port city of Busan as an observer for a special summit involving all 10 Asean nations , just as a 40-day countdown to the event was launched. Busan mayor Oh Keo-don said at a media

Kim Jong-un of North Korea and Moon Jae-in of the South agreed to work to formally end the A handshake and smiles, the rare sound of the North Korean leader’s voice on camera and running At a historic summit meeting, the first time a North Korean leader had ever set foot in the South , the

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea rejected an invitation for leader Kim Jong Un to attend a planned summit in Seoul with Southeast Asian nations next week, saying "now is not the time" due to strained ties, North Korean state media reported on Thursday.

Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in are posing for a picture: FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk during a luncheon© Reuters/KCNA FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk during a luncheon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent a letter of invitation to Kim on Nov. 5, with an offer for an envoy to attend if he was unable to participate in the event, the official KCNA news agency said.

Moon will host leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the South Korean port city of Busan next week to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their partnership, and has said Kim might join them.

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.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Tuesday that the United States’ decision to postpone a joint military drill with South Korea was not enough of an incentive for it to return to the negotiating table, and that it would not discuss denuclearization until Washington ended its “hostile policy.”.

South Korea praised Trump for bringing the two leaders together. All the key players in the region have welcomed the agreement including China and Japan. The first ladies of North and South Korea are now meeting for the first time as they all head to the formal dinner.

While thanking Seoul for the invitation, North Korea requested the South's "understanding that we could not find any legitimate reason" for Kim to participate, KCNA said.

The statement accused South Korea of harming relations by depending on the United States in resolving inter-Korean issues.

"It is perplexing that they proposed discussing inter-Korean relations at such an unfitting multilateral venue, even after experiencing failures by relying so much on the United States," KCNA said.

The two Koreas undertook a flurry of diplomacy including three summits last year, during which Moon and Kim agreed to improve ties and restart stalled business initiatives.

But there has been no significant progress amid tightening sanctions aimed at the North's nuclear and missile programs, and lackluster denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; editing by Richard Pullin)

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