North Korea may suspend nuclear talks with 'gangster-like' USA - diplomat

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

The North Korean leadership is considering suspension of denuclearization talks with the United States, North Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters on Friday.

The North Korean delegation came to Hanoi with a realistic proposal of the United States lifting some economic sanctions as a gesture of recognition of Pyongyang's 15-month moratorium on nuclear and ballistic missile tests, Choe told diplomats and journalists.

A senior North Korean official has said that the US threw away a golden opportunity for peace at the recent summit in Vietnam, and that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is considering suspending all nuclear talks.

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 USA threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders.

She suggested that while Trump was more willing to talk, the US position was hardened by the uncompromising demands of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

"I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the US will eventually put the situation in danger", AP quoted her as saying.

Choe said Washington threw away a golden opportunity at the summit and warned that Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, the Associated Press news agency said.

'Personal relations between the two supreme leaders are still good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful, ' she added. We are watching the situation closely. Earlier, North Korean media said that although the summit produced no tangible result, the leaders agreed to continue their dialogue.

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

Choe said following the Hanoi talks Kim might lose his commitment to pursue a deal with the USA after it rejected a request to lift sanctions in return for Pyongyang destroying its main nuke site.

The second Trump-Kim summit broke down over differences about USA demands for Pyongyang to denuclearise and North Korea's demand for dramatic relief from global sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile tests, which it pursued for years in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Choe criticized Trump for claiming at a news conference after the talks fell through that Pyongyang wanted all sanctions to be lifted - a claim that the US State Department later admitted was not accurate.

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

"Diplomacy is still very much alive", Biegun said on Monday, but stopped short of saying if there had been any talks since the summit.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un salutes on March 5 in Pyongyang upon his return after the Vietnam summit.

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