North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to be pushing for a fresh summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in December, South Korea's spy agency said, predicting preparatory talks between the two sides to fine-tune the summit's agenda.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday strongly condemned North Korea's missile launches at an ASEAN-related meeting, saying they are in clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The report "proves once again, quot; that the USA rejection of North Korea indicated "a hostile policy", said the KCNA statement, citing a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry".
Denouncing the "hostile policy" against the North, the spokesperson added that the channel of dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang continues to narrow due to the U.S.' attitude.
South Korea and USA fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during the Vigilant air combat exercise (ACE) in South Korea on December 6, 2017. "This is an insult to and perfidy against the DPRK, dialogue partner".
Pyongyang has said earlier it would launch an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) "anytime and anywhere" in response to the rising nuclear threat from the United States.
The country was removed from the list in 2008, but brought back in 2017 after the United States determined that, since 2008, North Korea had repeatedly supported acts of global terrorism.
Wead portrays the Trump administration as much more diplomatic than former President Obama who, according to Trump's own account, told him he would have war with North Korea during his time in office.
The agency also mentioned the precedent of Kim visiting China before his first and second summits with President Trump, and said that they are looking into that possibility should the working-level negotiations between Pyeongyang and Washington go smoothly. Some experts say North Korea could perform more weapons tests in the coming weeks as it approaches the end-of-year deadline.