North Korea threatens to end nuclear talks with USA, resume testing

National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Bolton said her description of the current state of diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang was "inaccurate", while Pompeo said he has a "vague recollection of being called gangster-like" by North Korean officials before, a jocular reference to North Korea hurling the exact same epithet at him in July for the same reason.

The main obstacle to agreement between the two sides was reportedly the question of sanctions: Washington says it wants all weapons of mass destruction eliminated by North Korea before economic sanctions are dropped, while Pyongyang envisages lifting the main sanctions in return for an only partial dismantling of its nuclear infrastructure. Pyongyang announced that Kim Jong-un will shortly decide whether he intends to continue his moratorium on missile and nuclear tests after the failure of the Hanoi summit to make progress toward resolving the standoff on the Korean peninsula.

"Personal relations between the two supreme leaders are still good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful", she said. Her comments reflect genuine NK frustration, but also seems to be playing hard to get & trying to force U.S. to make move. We are watching the situation closely. 'I'm not sure why the US came out with this different description.

Choe also says that Washington threw away a golden opportunity and warns that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un might rethink a suspension of missile launches.

Pompeo gave no sign of US willingness to soften its stance in demanding that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons.

"It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations around this", he said. "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.

Moon urged Pyongyang and Washington to continue their dialog and make "likely proposals" to facilitate denuclearization.

Mr Pompeo said Kim Jong-un had promised US President Donald Trump in Vietnam that testing would not resume.

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In a statement following the State Assembly election last week, Kim may still be trying to salvage dialog with the United States, experts told VOA following the release of a statement that stressed the need for "the improvement of the economy and people's daily lives".

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey took issue Friday with reports suggesting that North Korea may suspend diplomatic talks with the United States and resume missile testing unless the Trump administration lifts various sanctions - a threat the Massachusetts Democrat called "nothing short of extortion".

Mr Pompeo told reporters on Friday that "on multiple occasions [Mr Kim] spoke directly to the president and made a commitment that he would not resume nuclear testing, nor would he resume missile testing" during their February summit.

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

Miller explains those are the sanctions that came after 2016 and have "effectively cut off North Korea, their supplies for coal, copper, crude oil, those are the ones that basically North Korea wanted relief [from]".

The remarks follow reports that North Korea may be preparing for another rocket launch.

Since the meeting in Hanoi, satellite images have shown that North Korea has begun rebuilding a structure at its Tongchang-ri satellite-launching site, according to analysts.

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