North Korea Threatens To Scrap Denuclearization Talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department on Friday in Washington. — AP

Vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui criticised senior United States officials, accusing them of taking a "gangster-like stand" - while reserving praise for the "wonderful chemistry" between Mr Trump and Kim.

Kim would make an announcement soon on his position on the denuclearization talks and North Korea's next steps, TASS quoted Choe as saying. "So that's Chairman Kim's word".

That definition, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said last week, called for the "elimination of their nuclear weapons program", as well as a decommissioning of Pyongyang's "chemical and biological weapons... and their ballistic missile program ended as well". Hanoi was supposed to be the part of the same old story where the US accepted a meager offer from North Korea and declared diplomatic victory, only to watch the North Koreans take back everything they "gave away" a few months later and demand fresh concessions to refrain from further provocations.

Despite the tensions, Choe said personal relations between the two leaders are still good "and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful". "We have every expectation he will live up to that commitment".

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". She also said the North Korean leader will soon "clarify his position" on whether to continue talks or restart missile launches and nuclear tests.

While both said that categorization was "inaccurate" or "wrong", there has been little contact between the two sides since the Hanoi summit ended without a deal, and each country said their offer would not change.

She added: "I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the U.S. will eventually put the situation in danger". -North Korea negotiations over the nuclear issue, following the surprise no-deal conclusion of last month's summit in Hanoi.

Images of a site known as Sanumdong, taken by the companies DigitalGlobe and Planet, show vehicles, rail cars and cranes at and around the facility used to assemble missiles and rockets.

She refused to comment directly when asked by one of the ambassadors about news reports the North may be preparing for another missile launch or satellite launch.

"We can not judge the current situation based exclusively on Vice Minister Choe Son Hui's statements".

"I saw the remark that she made", Pompeo said.

'What is clear is that the US has thrown away a golden opportunity this time, ' she said.

"(We) are keeping close tabs on the situation.

Choe's comments echoed the North's usual rhetoric at tense points in its dealings with Washington. "We need a total solution", he emphasized during a forum in Washington D.C., effectively passing the ball to North Korea.

He said: "They're putting down a marker, saying which way things are headed if nothing changes".

She blamed the breakdown of talks on the US side, saying the American delegation was being too demanding and inflexible: [The US] "were too busy with pursuing their own political interests and had no honest intention to achieve a result", Choe added, according to TASS.

Russian Federation and China, which border North Korea, have the relatively closest diplomatic relations with the extremely insular North Korean state.

The spokeswoman said the ministry had not confirmed why the North Korean officials decided not to attend.

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