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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un condemns US talks offer

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Kim’s speech this week comes after North was tested for what he said was a hypersonic gliding missile (File)

Seoul, South Korea:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un denounced the US offer of talks as a “mask”, state media reported Thursday, and accused the Joe Biden administration of continuing a hostile policy against his nuclear-armed country. .

Talks between Pyongyang and Washington have largely stalled since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between Kim and then-President Donald Trump over sanctions relief and what the answer would be willing to give in return. happened.

In recent months, the United States has repeatedly offered to meet with North Korean representatives anywhere, anytime, without any preconditions, while saying it will pursue nuclear disarmament.

But Kim condemned the announcements as “nothing more than a mask for his deceit and hostile acts and extension of hostile policy from the previous administration”, the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported.

Under the new administration, “the US military intimidation and hostile policy against us has not changed at all, but has become smarter”, he said in a lengthy address to the Supreme People’s Assembly, the North’s one-party parliament.

Kim’s speech comes after North Korea this week tested a hypersonic gliding missile, and announced earlier this month that it had successfully fired a long-range cruise missile.

The tests are the latest advancement in its weapons development programmes, which have seen it subject to several rounds of international sanctions.

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