North Korean official says Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium

Pyongyang set to break off denuclearization talks with Washington — diplomat

And amid reports of ongoing activity at North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launch facility, USA officials have appeared to harden their position. 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.

She refused to comment directly when asked by one of the ambassadors about news reports the North may be preparing for another missile launch or satellite launch.

She, however, offered that the personal relations between Trump and Kim remain positive, despite what she cast as the sense of hostility and mistrust created by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton's demands at the summit.

The summit ended abruptly without a joint agreement after Kim insisted that all United States sanctions on his country be lifted.

While Pompeo said Friday morning that the administration wishes to continue talks with North Korea, Choe's comments fueled mounting concerns that Trump and Kim may not return to the negotiating table anytime soon and followed speculation immediately after the summit that Bolton played a key role in the breakdown.

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.

Speaking at an urgent meeting with diplomats and foreign media in Pyongyang, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui cited the US attitude in the recent Hanoi summit.

Choe questioned the claim by Trump at a news conference after the talks in Hanoi broke down that the North was seeking the lifting of all sanctions against it, and said it was seeking only the ones that are directed at its civilian economy.

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The meeting in Vietnam ended when Trump walked away from North Korea's offer to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear facility in exchange for relief from economic sanctions targeting their industries like coal, oil, and fishing and totaling billions of dollars.

Kim Joon-hyung, a political scientist at Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea, tells NPR that Choe's remarks on Friday appear to be a bargaining tactic. Her comments reflect genuine NK frustration, but also seems to be playing hard to get & trying to force USA to make move. "It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations around this".

Kim had committed multiple times to Trump in Hanoi that he would not to resume nuclear or missile testing, Pompeo said. "I'd like to speak further within the USA government before we respond". "We have every expectation he will live up to that commitment". Bolton said in any case Trump "is our decision-maker". "That's Chairman Kim's word".

Bolton told reporters outside the White House that he had seen the statement from the North Korean official and that "I think that's inaccurate".

She accused the USA of taking a "gangster-like" stance, according to the Associated Press, but added that "personal relations between the two supreme leaders are still good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful".

"What is clear is that the US has thrown away a golden opportunity this time", she said of the failed Hanoi talks.

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 USA diplomat had called "productive".

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