Director-General of the North Korean foreign ministry's North American department Jo Chol-su has said the window of opportunity for progress in dialogue with the U.S. is getting smaller.
“We’ve given the United States quite a lot of time and we’re waiting for an answer by the end of this year, for some kind of result. But I must say that the window of opportunity closes every day.”
At the Moscow Nonproliferation Conference, Pyeongyang again urged for an improvement in North Korea-U.S., ties, a security guarantee and an easing of sanctions.
The North Korean diplomat also accused Washington of increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula with military exercises, emphasizing that the U.S. needs to take reciprocal steps by the end of this year.
If the U.S. does not make conciliatory gestures and lower animosity, that will be the United States' biggest mistake. The future of the Korean peninsula rests on the U.S. behavior."
Jo said the North is ready to hold talks with the United States if there is the prospect of progress, but is not interested in dialogue that won't yield any results.
South Korea's chief nuclear negotiator Lee Do-hoon and U.S. special envoy for North Korea Mark Lambert were present at the conference session, but reportedly did not have any long discussions with the North Korean diplomat.
Negotiators from North Korea and the U.S. met in Sweden for working-level talks in October, but no significant progress was made.
Kim Hyesung, Arirang News.