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North Korea blames stalled nuclear talks on US ‘political and military provocations’

North Korea on Monday blamed stalled nuclear negotiations on “political and military provocations” from the United States, The Associated Press reported.

“It depends on the U.S.,” whether the negotiations “will become a window of opportunity or an occasion that will hasten the crisis,” North Korean Ambassador Kim Song said at the United Nations General Assembly’s major annual gathering.

“The situation on the Korean peninsula has not come out of the vicious cycle of increased tension, which is entirely attributable to the political and military provocations perpetrated by the U.S.,” he added.

Although President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un met in June, negotiations have largely stalled since a summit between the two leaders in February.

Trump said last week that another meeting with Kim “could happen soon,” but did not provide further details.

North Korea’s foreign ministry said Monday that while the U.S. has failed to follow through on summit agreements, North Korea is placing hope in Trump’s “wise option and bold decision.”

North Korea has carried out a series of short-range weapons tests in the last few months, prompting international concern.

Trump has downplayed the seriousness of the tests and said that they do not violate existing agreements.

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