Selin ATAY-TDO-The hermit kingdom warned that good terms between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un personally wouldn't be enough to prevent a nuclear exchange "at any moment".
In a statement published by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol said there has been no substantial progress in relations despite warm ties between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. He said the persisting hostility means “there can be the exchange of fire at any moment.”
Kim Yong Chol said the Trump administration would be "seriously mistaken" if it ignores an end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un to propose terms for a deal to salvage nuclear negotiations.
“My hope is that the diplomatic adage that there is neither permanent foe nor permanent friend does not change into the one that there is a permanent foe but no permanent friend,” Kim Yong Chol said, stressing that the United States would fail if it tries to use the “close personal relations” between Trump and Kim for delaying tactics.
Veteran diplomat Kim Kye Gwan criticized U.S. officials for maintaining "Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice" and urged the United States to act "wisely" through the end of the year on Thursday.
North Korea for decades has been pushing a concept of denuclearization that bears no resemblance to the American definition, with Pyongyang vowing to pursue nuclear development until the United States removes its troops and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan.