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North Korea won't denuclearize until U.S. removes "nuclear threat"

North Korea missile parade
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North Korea said Thursday it will not denuclearize unless the U.S. removes its "nuclear threat" from South Korea and Japan, a traditional stance for the reclusive nation, the AP reports.

The big picture: North Korea's statement implored the U.S. to "recognize the accurate meaning of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and especially, [study] geography." It underlines how little has changed in the region despite continued diplomatic overtures from the U.S. and South Korea — and statements from President Trump's administration that talks on denuclearization are progressing.

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