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North Korea accuses US and South Korea of lack of progress on Korean peninsula

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President Donald J. Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un sign a joint statement

The North Korean Permanent Representative to the UN, Kim Song, speaking at a meeting of the General Assembly (GA), said that the United States and South Korea were to blame for the lack of progress in the de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

According to Kim Song, the DPRK refused to test nuclear weapons and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles for more than 20 months, thus demonstrating the desire to achieve peace and stability, which is hampered by “political and military provocations of the United States.”  As for South Korea, she, according to the Permanent Representative, “plays on two fronts,” organizing joint military exercises with the United States, “aimed at the DPRK,” but at the same time continuing to come forward with peace initiatives.

On June 12, 2018 in Singapore, U.S. President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un signed a joint declaration.  In accordance with it, Pyongyang committed itself to the de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from Washington.  In February 2019, the second U.S. and DPRK summit in Hanoi ended unsuccessfully.

On October 5, representatives of the United States and North Korea met in Sweden, but negotiations at the working level ended to no avail.

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