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Pompeo presses Kim Jong-un to keep his word on nuclear tests

15 March 2019

Bolton said Friday he has spoken with his South Korean counterpart about the North Korea allegations.

She said Pyongyang now has no intention of compromising or continuing talks unless the United States takes measures that are commensurate to the changes it has taken - such as the 15-month moratorium on launches and tests - and changes its "political calculation". "I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the USA will eventually put the situation in danger".

Pompeo reminded reporters that Kim personally promised he would not resume testing nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles when he met with President Trump in Vietnam.

The threat comes after North Korea reassembled a missile engine test site in what analysts said was likely a signal of its anger over the summit's outcome. North Korea expert Joshua Pollack said North Korea may be delivering an ultimatum.

Choe's remarks, in which she described the USA stand as "gangster-like", seem to point to a change in North Korea's strategy following the talks, with both Pyongyang and Washington initially voicing a readiness to continue on with negotiations. "It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations about this", said Pompeo.

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.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is set to make an official announcement soon on his position regarding talks with United States, TASS reported, citing Choe.

Like other North Korean diplomatic representatives before her, Choe blasted the US for insisting on complete denuclearization before sanctions relief is granted.

Kim Yong Jae discussed cooperation in trade and the economy during the meeting with Russian Minister for the Development of the Far East Alexander Kozlov while Han attended a photo exhibition organized to mark the 70th anniversary of the late DPRK founder Kim Il Sung's official state visit to Moscow, said Yonhap.

President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un abruptly cut short their second summit Thursday in a stunning collapse of talks that caused both leaders to leave early. President Trump: Fire Bolton and Pompeo if you have to. "We have every expectation he will live up to that commitment", he said.

North Korea is considering ending talks with the USA, a senior North Korean diplomat said Friday. "I'm not sure why the U.S. came out with this different description".

Choe said Washington threw away a golden opportunity at the summit and warned that Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, the AP said.

The second Trump-Kim summit broke down over differences about USA demands for Pyongyang to denuclearise and the North's request for sanctions relief.

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.

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. "We are hopeful we can continue to have conversations and negotiations".

USA envoy Stephen Biegun has also ruled out doing denuclearization "incrementally", although he insisted on Monday that diplomacy was "still very much alive".

Pompeo presses Kim Jong-un to keep his word on nuclear tests