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North Korea may suspend nuclear talks with US

Published : Saturday, 16 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 59

SEOUL, Mar 15: North Korea is considering suspending denuclearisation talks with Washington after the Hanoi summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump ended without agreement, one of its top diplomats said Friday.
The warning came amid concerns over the North's satellite rocket launch site, where some rebuilding activity has been observed in recent weeks, triggering international alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch.
"We have no intention to yield to the US demands in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind," the Russian news agency TASS cited vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui as saying.
Kim would soon make an official statement on the actions his country would take, Choe told reporters and foreign diplomats in Pyongyang.
Trump told a post-summit press conference in Hanoi that the North Korean leader had promised he would maintain his moratorium on missile and nuclear tests. Any launch would send the denuclearisation talks into complete disarray, after they were left stuttering when the summit ended without agreement two weeks ago.Choe -- who was present
in Vietnam -- blamed the US for the failure, saying Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton "created the atmosphere of hostility and mistrust" and "obstructed" Kim and Trump's "constructive effort". "As a result, the summit ended with no significant result," she added.
It is a change of tone from Pyongyang, after both sides expressed their willingness to carry on the discussion process in Hanoi.
Ankit Panda, of the Federation of American Scientists, said Kim's unilateral declaration of the ICBM testing moratorium was "now in question".    -AFP

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