On Tuesday Pyongyang warned again that its year-end deadline for the U.S. to change its "hostile policies" was approaching and said it was up to Washington to decide what "Christmas gift" comes at the end of the year.
The past few months have been marked by a series of North Korean weapons tests, widely viewed as a sign of Pyongyang's growing frustration at failed global efforts to resume talks after the collapse of a February summit in Hanoi between Kim and Donald Trump, the U.S. president.
Working-level talks held in Sweden in October broke down over what the North Koreans described as the Americans' "old stance and attitude".
Ri Thae Song, DPRK's vice foreign minister in charge of US affairs, accused Washington of being "keen on earning time" instead of making concessions. Ri reiterated earlier North Korean statements that the country has no intentions to continue the nuclear diplomacy unless it gets something substantial in return.
Ri Thae Song, the North Korean official in charge of relations with the United States, said in a statement that the US has not taken any action while trying to use diplomatic talks for political gain ahead of next year's election. DPRK refers to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea. Ri also warned, "What is left to be done now is the US option and it is entirely up to the USA what Christmas gift it will select to get".
In April, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he would wait until the end of the year for the U.S. to change its attitude and come up with a solution for denuclearization talks.
Any major actions from Kim may be announced on January 1, a date when North Korean leaders typically deliver a New Year's address that lays out the policy priorities for one of the world's most reclusive states. The talks broke down when the US refused to lift sanctions in return for North Korea's pause in nuclear and long-range missile testing, as well as the dismantling of several sites. It has also threatened to lift a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests and resume launches over Japan. The threat follows a series of missile tests and rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
After the North tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in July 2017, Kim called the missile a "package of gifts" to the Americans for their Fourth of July holiday.