North Korea nuclear THREAT: Kim poised to RESTART rocket tests, Trump warned

Arturo Kim
March 16, 2019

Choe said Pompeo and usa 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.

The North´s warning came amid concerns over its satellite rocket launch site, where some rebuilding activity has been observed in recent weeks, triggering global alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space 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.

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

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he had "no update" on North Korea, but said he seemed to "have a very good relationship" with the country's officials.

The sharp turn in rhetoric reflects the North's comments that were made during the missile crisis of 2017 when Kim ordered the launch of the powerful Hwasong-12 warhead.

The U.S. line appears to have hardened since then, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Seoul, South Korea. Following the meeting, Trump said the North had demanded full sanctions relief in return for dismantling a limited portion of its nuclear weapons program.

In response, Seoul's presidential office said that the South Korean government will continue the efforts to faciliate dialogue between USA and North Korea under any circumstances. Pompeo said that in her remarks, Choe had left open the possibility that negotiations would continue. "It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations around this".

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.

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Pompeo said the US expects Kim to live up to his promise to Trump to maintain the moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests. Hanoi was supposed to be the part of the same old story where the USA 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. "We have every expectation he will live up to that commitment".

The US says sanctions will remain until Pyongyang destroys all nuclear sites.

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

Choe blamed the breakdown of talks on the US side, saying the American delegation was being too demanding and inflexible: [The US] "were too busy with pursuing their own political interests and had no honest intention to achieve a result", Choe added, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

Talks in Hanoi collapsed when Mr Trump refused to lift any sanctions until North Korea was completely denuclearised.

"For example, North Korea convened a party meeting two days before the parliamentary session in April 2018 where he delivered a "report" on Korean peninsula affairs". "In any situation, our government will endeavour for the restart of North Korea-U.S. negotiations", South Korea's presidential Blue House said in a statement.

At the State Department on Monday, Pompeo said that the North Korean offer in Hanoi "simply didn't rise to the level that was acceptable given what they were asking for in exchange".

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