Furious North Korean official says Trump threw away golden opportunity for peace

Yevgeny Agoshkov  TASS

Yevgeny Agoshkov TASS

Choe said Pompeo and us national security adviser John Bolton "created the atmosphere of hostility and mistrust and, therefore, obstructed the constructive effort for negotiations between the supreme leaders of North Korea and the United States", TASS reported.

Choe further said she expects Kim to soon "clarify his position" on the launch and test moratorium, the Associated Press reported.

Washington has said it is closely watching activity at a North Korean rocket site that USA think tanks have said could be preparations for a new launch. She added, though, that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have created an "atmosphere of hostility and mistrust" that ended negotiations at a summit in Vietnam in February.

Pompeo told reporters on Friday at the White House that North Korea's name-calling had not done anything to harm talks with Kim.

North Korea expert Joshua Pollack, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, said NorthKorea may be delivering an ultimatum.

Representatives for U.S. Department of State did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The Asian Forum Japan's Senior Fellow, Jonathan Berkshire Miller, said that following the "humiliating" summit in Hanoi, Kim used his address to reiterate to the worldwide community that North Korea wasn't looking to have all sanctions dating back to 2009 removed, but the sanctions that have been the most impactful. The last summit between the U-S and North Korea failed to narrow their differences on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear program and Washington's willingness to ease sanctions.

In Washington this week, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said that diplomacy was "still very much alive", though he did not say if there had been any negotiations since the summit, or outline any plans for further talks. Pompeo said that in her remarks, Choe had left open the possibility that negotiations would continue. "We are hopeful we can continue to have conversations and negotiations".

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At a news conference after the second summit, Mr Trump said no plans had been made for a third summit, but he expressed optimism about a "good outcome" in the future. "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". "Just in the past hour, I spoke with my South Korean counterpart and we've discussed their reaction and our reaction, but I would like to speak further within United States government before we respond".

Kim had committed multiple times to Trump in Hanoi that he would not to resume nuclear or missile testing, Pompeo said. "I have every expectation that we'll be able to continue to do that". "That's Chairman Kim's word".

"I don't think that really falls in the line of the way that the North Koreans approach things".

In Beijing, Premier Li Keqiang urged patience and further dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

'What is clear is that the USA has thrown away a golden opportunity this time, ' she said. "We need a total solution", he emphasized during a forum in Washington D.C., effectively passing the ball to North Korea.

Mr Trump and Mr Pompeo clearly stated after last month's talks that North Korean officials had asked for full sanctions relief.

The spokeswoman said the ministry had not confirmed why the North Korean officials decided not to attend.

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