Pyongyang has expressed hope that Donald Trump can bring new life to paralyzed nuclear talks, hailing the US president as "different" from his stiffer predecessors.
Trump must make a "smart choice and bold decision" to end the US-North Korean diplomatic deadlock, Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan said on Friday. He argued that future negotiations would be of little use, because Washington continues to insist that Pyongyang must first abandon its nuclear arsenal before receiving relief from sanctions and other concessions.
Praising Trump as "unlike his predecessors in a political sense," Kim said the US president would have to break with Washington's conventional approach to North Korea for negotiations to move forward successfully.
"I and the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs will follow future US movements," he added, using the abbreviation of his country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
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