Seoul unsure if North Korea will air World Cup qualifier

Clay Curtis
October 11, 2019

The United States and North Korea held a working-level meeting last week to resume their denuclearization negotiations after months of a stalemate, but the talks broke off again with the North accusing the US of failing to come up with a new proposal.

On Thursday, North Korea said such test-firing was part of its right to self-defense, slamming European Union members of the U.N. Security Council for issuing a statement condemning the latest SLBM test.

In response, Pyongyang warned, the country may "reconsider the crucial steps we have taken to build trust with the U.S." - likely a reference to last year's self-declared moratorium on long-range missile and nuclear testing.

"In the past, Iran reportedly funded and assisted in the retransfer of missile and possibly nuclear technology from North Korea to Syria", the report also said, noting that the communist state has also supplied Iran with small submarines.

North Korea's short and medium-range projectiles pose one of biggest ballistic missile threats to the United States, along with those from Iran and China, a Congressional report has said.

"There is a limit to our patience and there is no law that what we have been restraining from will last indefinitely", the spokesperson said.

While the United States says it brought "creative ideas" and "new initiatives" to the talks, the foreign ministry statement said Washington came with "an empty hand" and then "encouraged its satellites to release a statement critical of the DPRK". North Korea said those tests were of the self-defense nature.

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North Korea stormed out of working-level nuclear talks last week, accusing the US of not bringing any new ideas to help break the monthslong deadlock.

US -led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear program had been stalemated since the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in February ended without any agreement.

Thursday's statement comes amid renewed uncertainty over the future of U.S.

Those negotiations - which many observers expected would see the two sides begin to make progress towards a nuclear deal - instead ended in acrimony, with the DPRK side accusing the US of coming to the talks "empty-handed".

Last week, it tested a device it said was a submarine-launched ballistic missile that marked a "new phase" in its capabilities, although the USA said it seemed to have been fired from a "sea-based platform".

Last week, North Korea test-fired its Pukguksong-3 missile.

The game would be the first competitive meeting between the national men's teams in the North Korean capital, although the North hosted the South for a friendly there in 1990.

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