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North Korea's UK ambassador rejects Trump's offer of talks

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Hyun Hak Bong, North Korea's Ambassador to the UK, speaks during an interview in London.

LONDON (AP):

North Korea's ambassador to Britain said on Tuesday that his country has no interest in presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's offer to open nuclear talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Ambassador Hyon Hak Bong said that Pyongyang views Trump's offer as an electoral ploy that is not serious.

Hyon said that "we see it as the dramatics of a popular actor," adding that US presidential candidates say many things during a campaign, but once they assume power, they always adopt a hostile stance towards North Korea.

The timing is not right for talks, he said.

"North Korea has no package ready, the United States also has no package ready, to advance relations between the two

countries," he said.

"No progress can be made. That is why we say we have no interest whatever in remarks made by him."

Trump said last week that he is open to meeting with Kim Jong Un, which would represent a sharp alteration in US policy.