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Kim Jong-un snubs Joe Biden after rejecting US offer to restart talks – ‘Deception!’

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The North Korean leader spoke in parliament on Wednesday and rejected Joe Biden’s offer to begin negotiations. However, Kim Jong-un ordered officials to restore dialog with South Korea to “promote peace”.

Negotiations between North Korea and the US have been at a standstill since the collapse of the February 2019 Hanoi summit.

The then-president Donald Trump and Kim saw the negotiations falter when Trump stated days before the summit that he didn’t need Kim to make any more concessions.

“As long as there’s no testing [of nuclear weapons and missiles], we’re happy,” Trump said.

However, under the new Biden administration the US have repeatedly offered Pyongyang to restart discourse.

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The North Korean leader condemned the declarations as “nothing more than a facade to mask their deception and hostile acts and an extension of hostile policy from past administrations”, according to the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper.

Kim also said South Korea “still follows the US”, and that “mutual respect must be guaranteed and unfair views and double standards attitude dropped”.

While Kim has declined to open conversation with the States, Washington said on Wednesday that it bears “no hostile intent” towards North Korea and remains open to the idea of negotiations.

“We hope the DPRK will respond positively to our outreach,” a State Department spokesperson told the Guardian.

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The snub to the US comes just a day after North Korea reportedly fired a short-range missile, according to South Korea’s military.

The weapon was launched into the East Sea on Tuesday, reports have found.

The Japanese Defense Ministry has said that a ballistic weapon appeared to be launched, but no further details are immediately available from the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The latest projectile firing comes after both North and South Korea conducted a ballistic missile test on September 15, just hours apart from each other.

The North fired two ballistic missiles across its East coast, which was the first test of such missiles in six months.

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