North Korea has issued a total of 8 statements in the past week, 7 of which urge the United States to take action before the deadline it set the year's end.
As North Korea expressed discontent toward the Seoul-Washington joint air drill that was to take place in mid-November, South Korea and the U.S. agreed to postpone the drill a move to foster diplomacy with North Korea.
It's seen that the drill is practically 'cancelled' because no specific timeline was given regarding the delay.
U.S. President Donald Trump has also reached out to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un through Twitter, saying "See you soon ", adding he should "act quickly" and reach a deal with him.
But Pyeongyang continues to ramp up pressure towards Washington.
It says it won't sit down for some "useless" talks with the U.S. unless Washington gives up its hostile policies towards the North.
It adds it wants the U.S. to (quote)"drop out of the drill or stop it once and for all."
"Through recent statements, the North is demanding in a stronger tone for the U.S. to come up with a 'new calculation' by the end of the year.
To discuss ways to resume nuclear diplomacy, Seoul's Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul is in the U.S.
After meeting with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, Kim said the U.S. seems to be considering various options to make the denuclearization talks a success.
Meanwhile, Pyeongyang's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, who's also deeply involved in nuclear negotiations, is currently in Russia to discuss 'strategy coordination' with Moscow.
While there's anticipation that a third Kim-Trump summit could be drawing near, the key is whether the two sides can meet first through working-level talks and narrow the gap between their views, regarding what action the North can take and what the U.S. can offer in return.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.