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It’s no secret that President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un have been feuding for months. But the Pyongyang’s state media evidently had enough of Trump's insults to the dignity of their “supreme leader.” Buzz60

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China’s proposal for the United States to offer concessions to North Korea in return for a freeze on its nuclear weapons program probably won’t halt the North’s already advanced program but it might be the best way to lessen tensions, analysts say.

“It has lost a lot of value now that North Korea has tested weapons and missiles,” said Jeffrey Lewis, an analyst at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. "It's more about just reducing tensions."

North Korea already has an arsenal of nuclear warheads and missiles that can reach U.S. allies throughout the region.

China said Thursday it is standing by its proposal, which calls for the U.S. to suspend its large military exercises with South Korea in the region in return for an agreement by North Korea to freeze its nuclear weapons program.

China also said it would send a high-level envoy to Pyongyang on Friday.

A day earlier President Trump claimed China had abandoned the proposal and, instead, agreed with the U.S. position that North Korea would have to abandon its nuclear program before getting any American concessions.

The conflicting statements reflect confusion in Washington over how to handle North Korea and its secretive leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump has said Chinese pressure exerted on its heavily-dependent ally is central to U.S. policy toward the North.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said if U.S. military exercises continue, there will be no negotiations with the North. 

“As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the U.S. and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations,” Han said.  

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North Korea has gone two months without test firing a missile, the longest such dry spell this year. The lull follows a record 15 missile tests in 2017. It also detonated a powerful hydrogen bomb for the first time in a test in September.