North Korea Blames Pompeo, Bolton For 'Mistrust' That Foiled Negotiations

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"Just in the past hour, I spoke with my South Korean counterpart and we've discussed their reaction and our reaction, but I would like to speak further within USA government before we respond", Bolton told reporters on the White House North Lawn Friday.

"We continue to work" to deliver on that, Pompeo said.

The talks broke down because the US side was "too busy with pursuing their own political interests and had no honest intention to achieve a result", Choe said in comments carried by Russian state news agency TASS.

North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui reportedly said at a press conference in Pyongyang that Kim and Trump's relationship was still "good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful". She also said the North Korean leader will soon "clarify his position" on whether to continue talks or restart missile launches and nuclear tests.

"We have no intention to yield to the USA demands (at the Hanoi summit) in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind", the agency quoted North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui as saying.

The price for the lifting of USA and United Nation's sanctions, Pompeo said, is denuclearization.

"What is clear is that the USA has thrown away a golden opportunity this time", she said. "Just in the past hour, I spoke with my South Korean counterpart and we've discussed their reaction and our reaction, but I would like to speak further within U.S. government before we respond".

What was the United States position? Following the meeting, Trump said the North had demanded full sanctions relief in return for dismantling a limited portion of its nuclear weapons program.

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"It was all about the sanctions". "Sometimes you have to walk and this was one of those times", he said.

They want to take the measure of Trump again, perhaps an indication that they really are confused over what happened in Hanoi.

The two leaders first met in Singapore a year ago, in an unprecedented summit between a USA sitting president and a North Korean leader. She said statements by senior Trump advisers since the summit have further worsened the climate. "We need a total solution", he emphasized during a forum in Washington D.C., effectively passing the ball to North Korea.

"And I think in the president's judgment that time has arrived now", he said.

After the two leaders failed to secure a deal in Hanoi, and with economic sanctions still in place, North Korea might be trying to hurry the United States president along and get him back to the table with a better deal.

Choe claimed Friday that despite the way things ended in Hanoi, personal relations remain good between Trump and Kim. So the door to diplomacy is still open.

North Korea also has hardliners of its own, who may perceive Kim Jong-un's 120-hour train trip to Hanoi and back as a failure.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that North Korea is keeping open the possibility of continued talks after Pyongyang's deputy foreign minister said they might walk from negotiations, criticizing the top USA diplomat and national security adviser John Bolton for creating "an atmosphere of hostility". This announcement lets them know, along with the Trump administration, that Mr Kim is standing firm.

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