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North Korea May Suspend Nuclear Talks with ‘Gangster-Like’ US: Diplomat

SEOUL – North Korea plans to suspend negotiations with the United States and may rethink the ban on missiles and nuclear tests, unless Washington makes concessions, a statement in the northern capital told reporters, Reuters reported Friday.
According to Tass News Agency, Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui accused senior US officials of breaking last month’s summit in Hanoi between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“We have no intention of giving in to requests from the United States (at the Hanoi summit), in any form whatsoever, and we are not prepared to engage in such negotiations,” said Mr. Choe.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Councilor for National Security John Bolton “created an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust, thus hindered constructive negotiations between key North Korean leaders and states,” said Saï Choe, as quoted by Tass.
Kim is about to make an official announcement in the near future regarding his position on denuclearization negotiations with the United States and future actions in the North, he added, citing Choe.
Choe said Washington had offered a golden opportunity at the summit and warned that Kim could reconsider the moratorium on missile launches and nuclear testing, the Associated Press reported.
“I want to make it clear that the position of the American gangs will end up putting the situation in danger,” AP quoted as saying.
On the other hand, she added, “The personal relationships between the two supreme leaders are always good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful.”
South Korea, which has an ambitious engagement program with North Korea and depends on the resolution of at least some of their disputes between Pyongyang and Washington, said it was too early to say what the comments Choe might mean.
We can not judge the current situation solely from the statements of Deputy Minister Choe Son Hui, we are watching the situation closely and our government will try to revive North Korea and the United States anyway, said the Blue House to the presidency in South Korea said in a statement.
Choe’s comments echoed the usual rhetoric of the North during moments of tension in his relations with Washington. Joshua Pollack, an expert in North Korea, said North Korea could issue an ultimatum.
They put a marker indicating the current situation if nothing changes, said Pollack, of James Martin’s Center for Non-proliferation Studies, in Monterey, California.
The second Trump-Kim summit collapsed in the face of divergent US disarmament demands in Pyongyang and North Korea’s request to severely mitigate international sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile tests, which it continued for years despite the resolutions of the US Security Council.
After talks in Hanoi, Choe said Kim could lose his commitment to seek an agreement with the United States after he saw the government reject a request to lift some sanctions in exchange for the destruction by the North of its main nuclear complex known.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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