North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talks

North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talks

North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talks

North Korea intends to break off denuclearisation talks with the US, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday in comments carried by Russian state media.

Choe, who said Kim was baffled by the United States" "eccentric' negotiation position at the late-February summit, added that North Korea has no plans to compromise or continue talks unless the US takes steps similar to those Pyongyang has taken, like a moratorium on launches and tests, according to the AP.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain his moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said Friday, adding that the US threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders.

"I'm not sure why the US came out with this different description", Choe said.

Trump told reporters at the time that the US would be unable to accept North Korea's request for total sanctions relief as a precondition for disarmament.

Choe claimed Friday that despite the way things ended in Hanoi, personal relations remain good between Trump and Kim.

"I saw the remarks [Ms Choe] made - she left open the possibility negotiations would continue".

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After the breakdown, critics called the meeting-which was the second time Trump and Kim met face-to-face-a "missed opportunity" to end the decades-long Korean war and pave a path for peace on the peninsula.

FILE PHOTO: Hyon Song Wol, head of the North Korean Samjiyon art troupe takes a photo of Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-Hui (C) ahead of the welcoming ceremony of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam March 1, 2019.

Choe said that Kim would make a decision "in a short period of time" about whether the regime will continue its "moratorium" on tests of nuclear weapons. "I'm not sure why the U.S. came out with this different description".

In addition, Moon said, "The role of South Korea in this situation, or the role of President Moon [Jae-in] is not a mediator but facilitator, because a mediator should be an interest-free party, but South Korea is also involved in this problem". "It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations about this".

Pompeo told Fox News he did not want to forecast "what we will do or what we might do" if Kim were to resume testing, but added: "That would be most unfortunate". Pyongyang is aware that Donald Trump has boasted about his ability to get Mr Kim to stop firing missiles and testing nuclear missiles.

Choe said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements, according to TASS.

Choe's comments echoed the North's usual rhetoric at tense points in its dealings with Washington.

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Bolton told reporters outside the White House that he had seen the statement from the North Korean official and that "I think that's inaccurate".

The Asian Forum Japan's Senior Fellow, Jonathan Berkshire Miller, said that following the "humiliating" summit in Hanoi, Kim used his address to reiterate to the worldwide community that North Korea wasn't looking to have all sanctions dating back to 2009 removed, but the sanctions that have been the most impactful. "It is likely to gauge the US reaction in the days ahead before making a decision to launch a rocket", he said.

The North Korean leader will now decide whether he would agree to more talks with Donald Trump and whether to maintain the moratorium on tests, the diplomat said.

Choe had said after the Hanoi talks that Kim might lose his commitment to pursue a deal with the United States after seeing it reject a request to lift some sanctions in return for the North destroying its main known nuclear complex.

In Beijing, Premier Li Keqiang urged patience and further dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

The activity at Sohae "doesn't necessarily really surprise me", Miller said.

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