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US envoy says time running short for North Korea deal

US envoy Stephen Biegun tells the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that any crisis or other distraction could derail talks and that the "window is still open" if North Koreans "seize the moment." Negotiations faltered after US rejected North Kor...

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Nov 21, 2019, 11.55 AM IST
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Washington: The US official in charge of talks with North Korea says time is running short to achieve a deal, but not because of the end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un.

US envoy Stephen Biegun tells the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that any crisis or other distraction could derail talks. Biegun says the "window is still open" but the North Koreans "need to seize the moment."

The envoy says Kim needs to grant more authority to his negotiating team.

Biegun says the US has seen no "concrete evidence" that North Korea intends to denuclearize.

Negotiations faltered after the US rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of the North's nuclear capabilities.

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