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    North Korea urges Trump to make bold move to revive diplomacy

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) — North Korea said yesterday it wants United States (US) President Donald Trump to make a “wise option and bold decision” to produce a breakthrough in stalled nuclear diplomacy, in an escalation of pressure on the US ahead of an expected resumption of talks.

    The statement by Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan came days after Trump said another meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “could happen soon” without elaborating.

    Kim Kye-gwan said he doubts another summit could make any breakthrough because of what he describes as prevailing opinions in Washington that North Korea must first disarm before getting major concessions and that US-led sanctions brought the North to a negotiating table.

    He accused the US of not acting to implement a joint statement issued after the first summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore last year.

    He said North Korea, for its part, made “sincere efforts” to build mutual trust and carry out the Singapore statement, citing the repatriation of three American detainees and US war remains.

    “But I came to know that President Trump is different from his predecessors in political sense and decision while watching his approach to North Korea, so I would like to place my hope on President Trump’s wise option and bold decision,” said Kim Kye Gwan.

    “I and the North Korean Foreign Ministry will follow the future moves of the US.”

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