N. Korea reconsiders denuclearization talks with US

N. Korea reconsiders denuclearization talks with US

The North Korean delegation came to Hanoi with a realistic proposal of the U.S. 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. "So that's Chairman Kim's word. We have every expectation he will live up to that commitment".

Choe was referring to the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump that ended when the U.S.

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.

"At this time, they (North Korea) are willing to reform and become more open, which requires sanctions being lifted, but they also need to show their willingness to denuclearize and are urging the USA president to take action", he said.

It is encouraging that North Korea is the party that seems surprised for a change, because the old ploy of offering limited, reversible, or entirely symbolic action in exchange for concessions that would completely dismantle the sanctions regime did not work.

She also blamed top US officials for the breakdown of last month's summit in Hanoi, saying the "gangster-like stand of the USA will eventually put the situation in danger", according to Russia's Tass news agency and AP.

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".

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".

Image copyright EPA Image caption North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, seen here during the Hanoi summit What did North Korea say?

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There have been reports of possible missile launch preparations there and separate activities at the Sanumdong missile research center near Pyongyang.

Trump has made much of his personal chemistry with Kim and has said he would be "very disappointed" in Kim if North Korea were to resume testing.

Choe said it was the US that was being too demanding and inflexible and called the demand that denuclearization come before sanctions are eased "an absurd sophism".

"We can not judge the current situation based exclusively on Vice Minister Choe Son Hui's statements. In any situation, our government will endeavor for the restart of North Korea-U.S. negotiations", South Korea's presidential Blue House said in a statement. Talks between Mr Trump and Kim - the second time the two leaders have met - collapsed as a result the latter's demands over global sanctions imposed in response to nuclear weapons programme, which it pursued for years in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. We are watching the situation closely.

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

President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un abruptly cut short their second summit Thursday in a stunning collapse of talks that caused both leaders to leave early.

In Washington this week, U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said the United States expected to be able to continue its close engagement, though he offered no specifics on when new talks might be held.

South Korea's Unification Ministry revealed on Friday that a weekly meeting with North Korean representatives at the Kaesong joint industrial complex has been canceled by Pyongyang's request for the past three weeks.

Speaking of the issues regarding the DPRK, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday urged all parties to remain patient and to seize the opportunity to promote dialogue between the USA and the DPRK.

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