North Korea warns U.S. year-end deadline is approaching

Samjiyon site with Mount Paektu a symbol of the North Korean nation in the background

Samjiyon site with Mount Paektu a symbol of the North Korean nation in the background

The statement attributed to a senior diplomat came as North Korea continues to dial up pressure on Washington and Seoul ahead of leader Kim Jong Un's end-of-year deadline for the United States to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal.

North Koreaaccused the USA of stalling on diplomatic efforts between the two countries because of the upcoming US presidential election.

Ri also warned, "What is left to be done now is the USA option and it is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select to get". It did not clarify what the statement meant.

North Korea has carried out 13 rounds of missile or rocket launches since early May, including the test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile on October 2. According to The Associated Press, he described it at the time as part of a "package of gifts" on the U.S. Independence Day holiday. That's why I call him Rocket Man. Kim "likes sending rockets up, doesn't he?".

President Donald Trump has claimed he has prevented a third world war from breaking out, commenting that his relationship with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un had maintained world peace. He also pointed to the denuclearization pledge Kim made at their first summit in Singapore in June 2018.

The opening comes with nuclear negotiations between the DPRK and the United States hit a stalemate since a second summit between Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February collapsed without a deal.

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North Korea has warned the United States of a year-end deadline to change its "hostile policy" towards North Korea, saying that the USA will be choosing what "Christmas gift" it will be getting.

The North's state-operated KCNA reported Tuesday that Kim attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the township of Samjiyon County, which it touted as an example of a mountainous modern city where the ruling party's plan for local construction has been realized. He expressed "confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me".

He told the state's news agency: "Drawing nearer is the year-end time limit the DPRK set for the US. So, no one will lend an ear to the US any longer".

It comes with time running out on Pyongyang's demand for the U.S. to offer it fresh concessions by the end of the year, and ahead of Kim's New Year speech on January 1, a key political set-piece in the isolated country.

He said South Korea last year agreed to pay almost US$500 million (S$681.95 million) a year more for USA "protection", and added the United States now wanted additional commitments.

The Singapore agreement committed the North to "work toward" complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for USA security guarantees.

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