South Korea names envoys in bid to arrange U.S.- North Korea talks
ROK Blue House statement on upcoming delegation to Pyongyang: "Especially, it will hold discussions on the creation of conditions for North Korea-U.S. dialogue aimed at denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula"
KCNA: "It would have been unthinkable without the loving care of the Workers' Party of Korea for younger generations and the blessed socialist education system to produce music prodigies."
KCNA: "Whether peace desired by our nation and the rest of the world settles on the Korean peninsula or a situation that no one desires is developed in the vicious cycle of confrontation depends entirely on the attitude of the U.S."
KCNA: "We have intention to resolve issues in a diplomatic and peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation, but we will neither beg for dialogue nor evade the military option claimed by the U.S."
KCNA: "The U.S. attitude shown after we clarified our intention for DPRK-U.S. dialogue compels us to only think that the U.S. is not interested in resuming the DPRK-U.S. dialogue."
KCNA: "In decades-long history of the DPRK-U.S. talks, there had been no case at all where we sat with the U.S. on any precondition, and this will be the case in future, too."
KCNA: "It is the consistent and principled position of the DPRK to resolve issues in a diplomatic and peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation. The dialogue we desire is the one designed to discuss and resolve the issues of mutual concern on an equal footing between states."
KCNA: "Out of the desire of our nation and international society aspiring after peace, we have clarified our position that a dialogue with the U.S. will be possible."
KCNA: "With regard to the DPRK-U.S. dialogue, the U.S. is taking preposterous action by continuing to trumpet an insistence that it will not have dialogue unless a right condition is met and that it will keep watching if we have intention to abandon nuclear weapons and missiles."
North Korea says it is willing to have talks with the United States, but that it rejects preconditions and Washington's demands that it must first demonstrate its willingness to denuclearize
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KCNA: "The political camp of the U.S. is suffering from serious dissension and division. Festering division deepens confrontation and conflict in social relations."
KCNA: "The government shutdown is a product of the political confrontation spawned by the reactionary bipartisan ruling systemand an inevitable crisis of the U.S. economy which has plunged into an irretrievable structural contradiction due to its war policy of aggression."
KCNA: "The government shutdown in the U.S., the second one in the past three weeks, is a laughing stock worldwide and showed the wretched plight of the U.S. on the decline, says Rodong Sinmun Saturday in an article."
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KCNA: "The U.S. is none other than the first user of chemical weapons in the world, and that it is a criminal state of having massacred 50,000 innocent people in the northern half of the DPRK by using bio-chemical weapons on a large scale during the Korean War of 1950s."
KCNA: "As had been elucidated several times, the DPRK does not have a single record of developing, producing and stockpiling a chemical weapon, and it is opposed to chemical weapon itself."
KCNA: "The U.S. egged the UNSC Sanctions Committee on to have cooked up 'the theory of cooperation between the DPRK and Syria'. This is only a mean trick to fan an atmosphere of sanctions against the DPRKand to justify its military invasion into Syria."
KCNA: "As regards 'a theory of cooperation of manufacturing chemical weapons' between DPRK and Syria, which has been afloat recentlythe U.S. is in a frenzy to speak ill of the DPRK with its preposterous fabrication."
KCNA: "It is really miserable to see that the Trump group clings frenziedly to the sanctions and pressure, still harboring an illusion that they would work on usit will only make stronger our faith and determination to rise high on the strength of self-development."
KCNA: "The vicious nature of sanctions is vividly manifested in an indiscriminate expansion of its scope."
KCNA: "The U.S. secretary of Treasury has gone so mad at imposing 'sanctions' on our country that he even boasted recently that half of over 450 rounds of sanctions enforced against Pyongyang since 2005 were enacted last year."
KCNA: "The anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure by the Trump group can be described as 'harshest' ever seen in history in light of its vicious and reactionary nature."
White House readout of President Trump's call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea: "President Moon briefed President Trump on developments regarding North Korea and inter-Korean talks The two leaders committed to maintain close coordination."