North Korea Blames Pompeo, Bolton For 'Mistrust' That Foiled Negotiations

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North Korea Blames Pompeo, Bolton For 'Mistrust' That Foiled Negotiations

"The missiles, the weapons systems, the entire WMD program - that's the requirement laid out by the United Nations Security Council", Pompeo said Friday.

"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.

He did, however, offer no specifics on when any new summit might be arranged.

Stephen Beigun, the USA special representative for North Korea, said he expects talks and close engagement to continue. "While we haven't made as much progress in the six months as I would've hoped coming in on the first day, we stay closely engaged with our counterparts in North Korea". "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. "We'll look at ramping those sanctions up in fact", Bolton said.

President Trump said he walked away from the negotiating table because of different positions on what would be required for North Korea to receive sanction relief.

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.

His comments follow a suggestion by North Korean-Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui that denuclearisation talks might end and testing could resume. "That's Chairman Kim's word, I have every expectation he'll live up to that".

At the summit, US President Donald Trump and Kim ended their meeting sooner than scheduled without reaching any agreement.

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

Choe accused said Washington had squandered a golden opportunity at the summit, warning Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, the Associated Press news agency reported. 'I'm not sure why the USA came out with this different description.

The tone of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, highlighting the lack of progress in the implementation of the denuclearization issue, is in stark contrast to the far more optimistic rhetoric from the U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun.

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.

Trump has pointed to North Korea's freeze in nuclear and missile testing since 2017 as a positive outcome from almost a year of diplomatic engagement with North Korea.

Choe, who attended the Hanoi summit, said Kim was puzzled by what she called the "eccentric" negotiation position of the United States, but she said the North Korean leader still had a good relationship with Trump.

USA envoy Stephen Biegun has also ruled out doing denuclearization "incrementally", although he insisted on Monday that diplomacy was "still very much alive". US officials explained that decommissioning Yongbyon would not do enough to irreversibly end North Korea's nuclear missile program, while the concessions North Korea demanded would effectively unravel the sanctions regime.

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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