'It would be suicidal to attack the U.S. first': North Korean diplomats

Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe's visit to Olympics

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"By conducting different military actions, one of the objectives that the USA might have is to drive a wedge between political leaders and military leaders inside North Korea", he added. The two nations have remained in a state of war and without diplomatic relations since the Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal he claimed to have a "very good relationship" with Kim Jong-Un. "I have relationships with people". I'm not saying I have or haven't.

"I don't want to comment on it".

North Koreans also told the analyst South Koreans are unprepared for USA -initiated military action on the peninsula.

"When we expressed doubt regarding the North Korean ability to achieve this parity, their rather uncertain explanations led us to believe they, more accurately, have some kind of "specific asymmetrical" nuclear parity in mind", Vorontsov said.

No trip to London since embassy site is a 'bad deal'
In Washington, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's comment was exclusively about an embassy-related visit. Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda.

The U.S. and South Korea recently postponed military exercises around the Korean Peninsula until after the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South. Trump, who acknowledged that Pyongyang may be attempting to separate Seoul and Washington, encouraged North Korea to join the games. Kim Jong-un's government also seems determined to achieve nuclear parity with the USA and doesn't seem interested in agreeing to a "freeze" on such weapons development as proposed by Moscow and Beijing, the analyst said. Kim called the 71-year-old American president "the mentally deranged USA dotard". The White House did not immediately comment. It has, however, retained back-channel communications through the North's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in NY.

Yonhap reported Thursday North Korea's religious council strongly condemned a U.S. State Department designation of the regime as a country of particular concern under the International Religious Freedom Act.

To the White House, books like Fire and Fury, which press secretary Sarah Sanders called trash and "full of lies", are damaging not only to the president, but also to America's national interests.

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