North Korean officials on Monday said that the nation will not agree to another sit-down between the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Trump without something in return, according to The Associated Press.
The statement from North Korean Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan comes a day after Trump tweeted “You should act quickly, get the deal done. See you soon!” in a tweet addressing Kim.
“Three rounds of DPRK-U.S. summit meetings and talks were held since June last year, but no particular improvement has been achieved in the DPRK-U.S. relations … the U.S. only seeks to earn time, pretending it has made progress in settling the issue of the Korean Peninsula,” Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name.
The statement goes on to suggest North Korea will only meet with Trump if it is satisfied the meeting will offer more than a political win for the president.
“We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us. As we have got nothing in return, we will no longer gift the U.S. president with something he can boast of, but get compensation for the successes that President Trump is proud of as his administrative achievements,” Kim Kye Gwan said, according to the AP.
The statement comes shortly after Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the cancellation of joint military exercises by South Korea and the U.S. in what he said was a gesture of “goodwill” toward the North.
North Korea received the announcement of the cancellation coolly, saying it would not return to the negotiating table unless the U.S. offered to end “hostile” policies toward the nation, citing a recent United Nations resolution condemning North Korean human rights violations as evidence of a U.S.-led attempt to isolate the nation.
Last week, North Korean negotiator Kim Myong Gil said the nation will not agree to a deal involving “matters of secondary importance” such as a potential formal declaration ending the Korean War, according to the AP.