Toronto, March 16: In a sign of North Korea’s extreme displeasure at the way the Trump Administration seems to be handling the denuclearisation negotiations, the country’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui told foreign diplomats the U.S. threw away "a golden opportunity" at the recent Hanoi summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un.
Russia's state Tass news agency quoted Choe Sun-hui as saying, "We have no intention to yield to the US demands in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind.” She also accused the U.S. of adopting a "gangster-like" stance, according to the Associated Press, but added that "personal relations between the two supreme leaders are still good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful".
During the recently held summit, North Korea had offered to dismantle its main Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for partial relief for sanctions however the Trump Administration reportedly rejected this proposal. Choe Sun-hui reiterated this saying Pyongyang wanted five key economic sanctions to be lifted, not all sanctions, as Donald Trump had told reporters after talks broke down. "What is clear is that the U.S. has thrown away a golden opportunity this time," she said. "I'm not sure why the U.S. came out with this different description. We never asked for the removal of sanctions in their entirety."
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed to be sending a message to North Korea via the media as he told reporters on Friday that "on multiple occasions [Mr Kim] spoke directly to the president and made a commitment that he would not resume nuclear testing, nor would he resume missile testing" during their February summit. “That's Chairman Kim's word," Pompeo said. "We have every expectation that he will live up to that commitment."