North Korea declines Trump-proposed meeting with Kim

Characterizing Donald Trump’s suggested meeting with Kim Jong-un as a “kind of propaganda or advertisement,” the North Korean ambassador to the United Nations (UN) rejected the GOP frontrunner’s proposed meeting in remarks made Monday.

Mr. Trump had advanced the proposition of a face-to-face meeting with Kim in an attempt to encourage the Pyongyang government to abandon its nuclear program in an interview with Reuters last week.

Describing Trump’s intention as an election-year stunt with blunt and unsparing language, UN ambassador So Se Pyong stated:

“It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader whether he decides to meet or not, but I think (Trump’s) idea or talk is nonsense.  It’s for utilization of the presidential election, that’s all. A kind of a propaganda or advertisement.  This is useless, just a gesture for the presidential election.”

“There is no meaning, no sincerity,” So added.

Over the past three years, North Korea has conducted a series of missile tests and two underground nuclear tests.  Missile testing has intensified in 2016 with Pyongyang launching several missiles into the Sea of Japan, claiming it had successfully tested a hydrogen device and firing a submarine-launched missile.

So told Reuters North Korea had agreed to return to the negotiating table with Russian and Chinese support, but the three remaining parties in the “six-party” talks, the U.S., Japan and South Korea had rejected further dialogue.

On May 23, South Korea rebuffed a North Korean proposal for direct talks, stating Pyongyang’s offer did not include ending its nuclear program.