North Korea has no intention of sitting down with the US and urged South Korea to “stop interfering,” a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, just as a US envoy was scheduled to visit Seoul in an attempt to revive stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang. Kwon Jong Gun, director general for U.S. affairs at the foreign ministry of Pyongyang, accused South Korea of misinterpreting an earlier North Korean statement denying a “untimely report” about another meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. leaders. Chairman Donald Trump.
North Korea said it didn’t see the need for a new summit on Saturday, days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who agreed to mediate between Kim and Trump, proposed meeting the two leaders again before the November U.S. elections. “It is just the time for (South Korea) to stop meddling in others’ affairs but it seems there is no cure or prescription for its bad habit,” Kwon said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.
North Korea stepped up tensions with South Korea unexpectedly last month and blew up a joint liaison office just on its side of the border, just as quickly halting plans for unspecified military actions.