North Korea has designated the nuclear talks with the U.S. that broke off on Saturday as “sickening.”
North Korean officials said on Sunday they doubt the U.S. would have new proposed plans if the countries went through with a Stockholm-proposed nuclear negotiation in two weeks. The country cautioned it would wait only until the end of the year for the U.S. to come to the table with a plan.
“We have no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as … happened this time before the U.S. takes a substantial step to make complete and irreversible withdrawal of the hostile policy toward the DPRK,” a spokesperson for North Korea’s foreign ministry told state news agency KCNA, according to Reuters.
North Korea was dissatisfied with Washington’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal Saturday in Stockholm, saying officials brought no plans after negotiations have been stalled for months.
“The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off,” Kim Myong Gil reportedly said.
The State Department has already committed to an invitation to Stockholm in two weeks to continue talks. A Saturday statement from the department stated that North Korea’s comments “do not reflect the content or the spirit of today’s 8 1/2 hour discussion.”
The Hill reached out to the State Department for comment.
During the past week though, North Korea successfully set off a submarine-launched ballistic missile, days before the scheduled negotiations.