North Korea mulls suspending denuclearization talks with USA, diplomat says

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Reports also indicate Kim may reconsider ending the more than yearlong ban on missile tests that have been in place.

Pyongyang may freeze talks with the United States and renew missile and nuclear tests after senior U.S. officials torpedoed President Trump's talks with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam, a top North Korean diplomat said.

Ms Choe said that North Korea's demand during the recent summit was for five key economic sanctions to be lifted, not all sanctions, as Mr Trump said after talks broke down.

She added leader Kim Jong-un will soon decide whether to stay on the dialogue track and refrain from carrying out missile launches and nuclear tests.

North Korea claimed it had only requested a partial lifting of the sanctions.

"The two sides exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula and discussed urgent issues regarding the development of bilateral relations, including a schedule of political contacts and prospects for advancing cooperation in practical areas", Russia's foreign ministry said in a press statement. We closely monitor the situation.

Representatives for U.S. Department of State did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Trump himself confirmed the meeting in a tweet, adding that USA sanctions would remain in place until a denuclearisation deal was achieved.

Stephen Beigun, the United States special representative for North Korea, said he expects talks and close engagement to continue.

Administration officials portrayed the invitation as a victory for Trump's policy of "maximum pressure" and stressed that the United States would not relax its stringent sanctions regime before North Korea began disarming.

Choe said it was the USA that was being too demanding and inflexible and called the demand that denuclearization come before sanctions are eased "an absurd sophism".

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Joel Wit of think tank 38 North said North Korea was likely toughening its negotiating position after the collapse of the Hanoi summit.

John Bolton, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, says North Korean allegations that he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust at last month's nuclear summit in Hanoi are "inaccurate".

In a statement following the State Assembly election last week, Kim may still be trying to salvage dialog with the United States, experts told VOA following the release of a statement that stressed the need for "the improvement of the economy and people's daily lives".

However, US National Security Advisor John Bolton disputed Choe's characterization of the breakdown of talks as "inaccurate" and said he had discussed the reports from North Korea with his South Korean counterparts.

Trump has made much of his personal chemistry with Kim and has said he would be "very disappointed" in Kim if North Korea were to resume testing.

Miller explains those are the sanctions that came after 2016 and have "effectively cut off North Korea, their supplies for coal, copper, crude oil, those are the ones that basically North Korea wanted relief [from]".

This satellite image shows the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in North Korea, on March 2, 2019.

The site further explained, "In imagery from March 8, the construction observed over the past few weeks seemed to have been completed and the two facilities had been cleared of debris".

Speaking of the issues regarding the DPRK, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday urged all parties to remain patient and to seize the opportunity to promote dialogue between the US and the DPRK.

"Diplomacy is still very much alive", Biegun said on Monday, but stopped short of saying if there had been any talks since the summit.

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