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North Korea may seek 'new path' if U.S. continues to enforce unilateral demands

Updated: 2020-01-22 05:09:06 KST

"We have already warned that if the United States misjudges our patience, tries to enforce unilateral demands upon us and persists in imposing sanctions and pressure against my country, we may be compelled to seek a new path for defending our sovereignty and supreme national interests."

During a UN disarmament conference in Geneva on Tuesday,North Korea's representative Ju Yong-chol said Pyeongyang's efforts to mend ties with Washington have been met with hostility.

He added that the U.S. claims it wants to resume dialogue, but it has no intention to drop its hostile policies toward the regime.

"As it became clear now U.S. remains unchanged in its ambition to block the development of the DPRK and stifle its political system, we found no reason to be unilaterally bound any longer by the commitment that the other party fails to honor."

The North Korean official did not elaborate on which specific commitments he was referring to, but the U.S. disarmament ambassador called the comments "quite concerning".

"I am not sure what the DPRK representative meant by 'no longer being feeling that it is bound by its commitments'. It did not elaborate on it, but my hope is that they are not talking about moving away from that agreement that was reach between president Trump and Chairman Kim in 2018."

The U.S. official said Washington is trying to get Pyeongyang back to the negotiating table as it's "in the best interest of North Korea, the region and the global community."

Since the Hanoi summit between Kim Jong-un and President Trump ended abruptly without any meaningful results in February 2019,denuclearization talks between the two sides have been left in limbo.

Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.

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