North Korea state news agency said that it had received birthday greetings to its leader Kim Jong Un from U.S. President Donald Trump. However, it said that the the personal relationship between the two is not enough for a return to talks.
The statement and comments need to be put in the context of stalled denuclearisation talks following a flurry of diplomacy between the United States and North Korea in 2018 and early 2019.
Kim Kye Gwan, an adviser to the North Korean foreign ministry, said that while Kim could personally like Trump, he would not lead his country on the basis of personal feelings.
“Although Chairman Kim Jong Un has good personal feelings about President Trump, they are, in the true sense of the word, ‘personal’,” he said.
“We have been deceived by the United States, being caught in the dialogue with it for over one year and a half, and that was the lost time for us.” North Korea will not discuss proposals such as those Trump made at his last summit with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February 2019, the foreign ministry adviser said according to Reuters.
Via KCNA & Reuters