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North Korea urges US to act wisely through year-end deadline

North Korea wants the US government to act “wisely” as an end-of-the-year deadline set by the regime for the lifting of US sanctions approaches, Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan warned on Thursday. The official said that “contrary to the political judgment and intention of President Trump,” US government officials remain hostile to North Korea “for no reason.”

Earlier this month, a new round of US-North Korean working-level negotiations collapsed within hours, with Pyongyang accusing Washington of being unwilling to change its approach to the country. Those negotiations were the first substantial talks between the two countries since the failure of the US-North Korea summit in Hanoi in February. In the past few months, North Korea repeatedly slammed US sanctions and carried out a variety of missile tests.

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