A United States report calling North Korea a sponsor of terrorism shows a "hostile policy" that prevents progress in denuclearisation talks, the isolated nation said on Tuesday (Nov 5), as a senior U.S. diplomat was set to arrive in the neighbouring South.
The U.S. State Department's "Country Reports on Terrorism 2018" report released on November 1 reaffirmed North Korea's re-designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, saying "the DPRK government repeatedly provided support for acts of worldwide terrorism, as the DPRK was implicated in assassinations on foreign soil". Last week, North Korea test-fired projectiles from what it called a newly developed "super-large" multiple rocket launcher in the country's first weapons test in about a month.
The spokesperson also said that the North condemns and fully rejects the recent USA terrorism report as a serious political provocation. "This is an insult to and perfidy against the DPRK, dialogue partner". DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Trump has advocated a "big deal" under which North Korea would dismantle all of its nuclear arsenal and related facilities in exchange for the removal of sanctions.
"The Secretary determined that the DPRK government repeatedly provided support for acts of global terrorism, as the DPRK was implicated in assassinations on foreign soil", the latest State Department report said.
Last year, North Korea and the United States launched on-and-off diplomacy on what terms North Korea would give up its advancing nuclear arsenal.
"Put it there." - U.S President Donald Trump with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.
South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) told a closed-door parliamentary audit session that it "expected the working-level talks to resume no later than early December", Rep.
"My impression was that North Korea and the United States would carry out dialogue soon, and it would go well", Kim said after the one-hour meeting, without elaborating.
Kim had set an end-of-year deadline for denuclearization talks in April.