NKorea blames US for stalled nuclear dialogue


SEOUL: North Korea said Thursday that stalled dialogue over its nuclear program was down to aggressive US military exercises and accused Washington of seeking to shift blame onto Pyongyang. “It is the height of shamelessness and hypocrisy that the US is trumpeting about ‘will for dialogue’ and ‘flexibility’ while resorting to military maneuvers ceaselessly,” a foreign ministry spokesman said. Following the recent landmark US nuclear deal with Iran, US officials have suggested compromises could also be struck with Pyongyang if it follows Tehran down the path of negotiation. But in a series of press conferences in Beijing, New York and Geneva, North Korean envoys have stressed that Pyongyang has no intention of negotiating away its nuclear arsenal.



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