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North Korea Threatens to Break Off Negotiations with ‘Gangster-Like’ U.S.

15 March 2019, 11:06 | Glen Norman

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

"As a result, the summit ended with no significant result", said the North Korean diplomat, who was present in Vietnam.

"She left open the possibility that negotiations continue", Pompeo said when asked about the official's comments Friday at the State Department, where he also touched on the International Criminal Court and the brutal attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the United States will eventually put the situation in danger. He, however, offered no details on whether a new round of talks is being planned.

"In Hanoi, on multiple occasions, he spoke directly to the President and made a commitment that he would not resume nuclear testing" or missile testing, Pompeo said.

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. North Korea expert Joshua Pollack said North Korea may be delivering an ultimatum.

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In a statement, the South Korean presidential Blue House said, "It is not reliable to judge the current situation only by remarks of Choe Son Hui". "It is likely to gauge the US reaction in the days ahead before making a decision to launch a rocket", he said.

Trump, who has said the U.S. has ended the nuclear threat from North Korea, said Kim had offered to take some steps to dismantle his nuclear arsenal, but hadn't gone far enough.

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

While Choe praised Kim and Trump's relationship and said their "chemistry is mysteriously wonderful", she went after Pompeo and Bolton by name for creating an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust with their uncompromising demands.

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

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Kim is expected to make his decision on the matter "in a short period of time", she said. "We'll see what happens with North Korea, the same way we're going to see what happens in the negotiations with China. We have every expectation he will live up to that commitment". But later, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton interfered, demanding full denuclearization before any sanctions would be lifted, which the North Koreans found "an absurd sophism".

South Korea, which has an ambitious agenda of engagement with North Korea that is dependent on Pyongyang and Washington resolving at least some of their differences, said it was too early to tell what Choe's comments might mean. USA 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. She added that while South Korean President Moon Jae-in has tried to help bring the US and North Korea together to talk, the South is "a player, not an arbiter" because it is an ally of Washington.

Responding to North Korea, Bolton told reporters at the White House that this account was "inaccurate". Hanoi was supposed to be the part of the same old story where the US accepted a meager offer from North Korea and declared diplomatic victory, only to watch the North Koreans take back everything they "gave away" a few months later and demand fresh concessions to refrain from further provocations.

He added: "Diplomacy is still very much alive".

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