NoKor warns exploitation by the US amid Trump-Kim ‘close’ ties

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Photo: KCNA via Reuters

North Korea said the United States should not take advantage of the “close personal relations” between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump. Mainly because the negotiations over Pyongyang’s nuclear armory remains.

Peace talks between Pyongyang and the White House hit the red light since a second summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi broke down without an agreement in February.

Since the mishap, the two leaders blamed each other for the failure of the summit, and North Korea is demanding the US to present a “new method” by the end of the year.

After the Hanoi meeting, Kim Yong Chol, the North Korea politician sited Trump and Kim’s close ties for salvaging the diplomacy, but insisted it was not enough.

“There is a limit to everything,” Kim, now the chairman of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, he said in a statement.

“The close personal relations can never be kept aloof from the public mindset and they are never a guarantee for preventing the DPRK-US relations from getting aggravated,” he added.

Chol was a former top envoy until the Hanoi meeting and was rumored to be purged after the meeting collapsed. But a photo of him and Kim Jong Un surfaced at an arts performance this June.

His remarks was released recently after Trump appreciated his close ties with the North Korean leader, saying in delight that they liked each other and shared mutual respect.

The Pyongyang answered in a statement, “the relationship between him and President Trump is special,” a top official said.