North Korean official says Kim rethinking USA talks, launch moratorium

National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Earlier, Ms Choe said United States diplomats had thrown away "a golden opportunity" during the summit when North Korea offered to dismantle its main Yongbyon nuclear complex.

"I saw the remark that she made", Pompeo said.

She added: "I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the United States will eventually put the situation in danger". "Sometimes you have to walk, this was just one of those times", Trump said of his early departure from the summit, insisting he was in no rush to strike a deal.

"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.

'What is clear is that the USA has thrown away a golden opportunity this time, ' she said.

North Korea claimed it had only requested a partial lifting of the sanctions. "We'll look at ramping those sanctions up in fact", Bolton said. Talks between Mr Trump and Kim - the second time the two leaders have met - collapsed as a result the latter's demands over worldwide sanctions imposed in response to nuclear weapons programme, which it pursued for years in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

Kim is set to make an official announcement soon on his position on the denuclearization talks with the United States and the North's further actions, it added, citing Choe.

He's in consultation with South Korean nat-sec advisers to calculate the next response, Bolton told reporters, which will likely not include engaging in media warfare.

FILE PHOTO: Hyon Song Wol, head of the North Korean Samjiyon art troupe takes a photo of Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-Hui (C) ahead of the welcoming ceremony of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam March 1, 2019.

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"We continue to work" to deliver on that, Pompeo said.

"That's inaccurate", Bolton told reporters at the White House, with Pompeo adding later with a laugh, "They're wrong about that, and I was there".

Choe said that Kim would make a decision "in a short period of time" about whether the regime will continue its "moratorium" on tests of nuclear weapons.

Choe, who attended the talks on February 27-28, blamed US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, for the failure of the talks, saying they had "obstructed" Kim and Trump's "constructive effort." "We have every expectation he will live up to that commitment", he said.

The North Koreans slapped Pompeo with that epithet after talks in July, accusing him of pursuing "a unilateral and gangster-like demand for denucearization" after talks the top United States diplomat had called "productive".

Image copyright EPA Image caption North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, seen here during the Hanoi summit What did North Korea say? He said he had spoken to his South Korean counterpart but wanted to consult with other USA officials before responding further.

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 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 USA special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun.

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