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North Korea says Pompeo made it lose all interest in dialogue with US

SEOUL — North Korea said Monday that it had lost all appetite for dialogue with the United States because of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s continuous pressure on the country to give up its nuclear weapons program.

The statement came a week after North Korea said its leader, Kim Jong Un, had received a personal letter from President Trump offering help in fighting the pandemic.

“The world does not know well why the DPRK-US relations remain amiss,” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in its statement, “despite the special personal relations between the top leaders.”

“Secretary of State Pompeo gave a clear answer,” it added.

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The statement appeared to criticize comments by Pompeo last week after a meeting of the Group of 7.

He said then, “The G-7 and all nations must remain united in calling on North Korea to return to negotiations and stay committed to applying diplomatic and economic pressure over its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

NEW YORK TIMES