Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Bolton disputes NK claim he created mistrust at Kim summit

Bolton disputes NK claim he created mistrust at Kim summit

Earlier on Friday, a spokeswoman for South Korea's Ministry of Unification told a press briefing that the weekly inter-Korean meeting scheduled at a liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, had been canceled after the North Koreans said they would not be sending senior officials.

"I saw the remarks [Ms Choe] made - she left open the possibility negotiations would continue".

She added: "I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the United States will eventually put the situation in danger".

The North Korean delegation came to Hanoi with a realistic proposal of the United States lifting some economic sanctions as a gesture of recognition of Pyongyang's 15-month moratorium on nuclear and ballistic missile tests, Choe told diplomats and journalists.

On Monday, the U.S. special representative for North Korea said Washington would not accept a phased denuclearization by Pyongyang and maintained that the two nations remain closely engaged despite the collapse of the Hanoi summit. Not quite. North Korea's tactic might be to hope this will initiate a reaction from the US.

North Korea is considering breaking off negotiations with the USA and resuming nuclear and missile tests, following last month's summit in Vietnam that ended early and without an agreement, a government official said. "We'll look at ramping those sanctions up in fact", Bolton said.

Trump, who has said the U.S. has ended the nuclear threat from North Korea, said Kim had offered to take some steps to dismantle his nuclear arsenal, but hadn't gone far enough.

Kim Jong Un is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, a senior North Korean diplomat was quoted as saying Friday.

We closely monitor the situation.

Choe said following the Hanoi talks Kim might lose his commitment to pursue a deal with the United States after it rejected a request to lift sanctions in return for Pyongyang destroying its main nuke site.

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.

"It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations around this", Pompeo said. "We have every expectation he will live up to that commitment". 'I'm not sure why the USA came out with this different description.

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.

And by "political calculation", North Korea means Mike Pompeo and John Bolton.

In Washington this week, the USA special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said the United States expected to be able to continue its close engagement, though he offered no specifics on when new talks might be held.

Many experts see signs of a hardening of the US stance post-Hanoi, with Bolton taking a leading role in the media ruling out any sanctions relief until North Korea fully denuclearizes and even threatening to ramp up sanctions.

Images of a site known as Sanumdong, taken by the companies DigitalGlobe and Planet, show vehicles, rail cars and cranes at and around the facility used to assemble missiles and rockets.

Read the full Times report here.

"Let me start by saying the obvious - that diplomacy is still very much alive", Stephen Biegun said at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, DC, on Monday.

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