Most of the North Koreans against the nuclear programme: US Survey

Head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon center is greeted by South Korean officials after he crosses the border line to attend their meeting at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju South Korea Tuesday Jan. 9 2018

Head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon center is greeted by South Korean officials after he crosses the border line to attend their meeting at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju South Korea Tuesday Jan. 9 2018

A North Korean official on Sunday threatened the US yet again if it takes part in the joint military exercises with South Korea in the coming months.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 99th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul, South Korea, March 1, 2018.

"We have the intention to resolve issues in a diplomatic and peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation, but we will neither beg for dialogue nor evade the military option claimed by the U.S.", he continued.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un invited the president to visit the North, while Pyongyang also expressed readiness to hold talks with Washington. "The US should clearly understand this and exercise prudence".

However, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party said dialogue with the North is meaningless without the premise of denuclearization.

North Korea on Thursday denied it was cooperating with Syria on chemical weapons.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service head nominee Suh Hoon speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea May 10, 2017.

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North Korea lambasted the U.S. for making up preconditions for dialogue between states, as Seoul prepares to send an envoy to Pyongyang to find a way to ease the nuclear standoff.

Quoting an official of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's Institute for American Studies, the Korea Central News Agency said the USA was perpetrating a "preposterous fabrication yet again".

In a meeting with North Korean General Kim Yong-chol Sunday, Moon also urged the North to engage in dialogue with the USA as soon as possible, to which Kim responded by saying the North was "very willing" to hold talks.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono is planning to visit the United States later in the month for talks on dealing with North Korea once the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics wrap up, an official said Saturday.

At the time, Trump also warned of a "phase two" that could be "very, very unfortunate for the world" if the steps did not work.

North Korea has faced several rounds of sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, conducted in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

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