Kim Myong Gil, roving ambassador of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, gave a statement to media on the 14th.
The statement reads:
Biegun, Special Representative of the US Department of State for North Korea policy, sent to us through a third country a message hoping that the DPRK and the United States would meet again within December for negotiations.
I cannot understand why he spreads the so-called idea of DPRK-US relations through the third party, far from candidly making direct contact with me, dialogue partner, if he has something to suggest or an idea over the DPRK-US dialogue.
His behavior only amplifies doubts about the United States.
If the negotiated solution of issues is possible, we are ready to meet with the United States at any place and any time.
If the United States still seeks a sinister aim of appeasing us in a bid to pass the time limit–the end of this year–with ease as it did during the DPRK-US working-level negotiations in Sweden early in October, we have no willingness to have such negotiations.
Now that we have already informed the US side of our demands and priority matters, the ball is in the US court.
If the United States, failing to put forth a basic solution for lifting the anti-DPRK hostile policy harmful to our rights to existence and development, thinks that it can lead us to negotiations with war-end declaration, which may reduce to a dead document any moment with change of situation, and with other matters of secondary importance like the establishment of a liaison office, there is no possibility of the settlement of the issues.
If the US side has found a solution to be presented to us, there will be no problem for the United States to explain it to us directly.
But I intuitionally feel that the United States is not ready to give a satisfactory answer to us and its proposal for dialogue with us is a trick to earn time through the orchestration of DPRK-US meeting.
I make clear once again that I am not interested in such meeting.