N. Korea: Trump Threw Away 'Golden Opportunity'

Officials say Kim is reconsidering test ban
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 15, 2019 3:47 AM CDT
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North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, center, speaks at a gathering for diplomats in Pyongyang, North Korea on Friday, March 15, 2018.   (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)
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(Newser) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain his moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said Friday, adding that the US threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, addressing a meeting of diplomats and foreign media in Pyongyang, said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at the Hanoi summit between Kim and President Trump, the AP reports.

She said Pyongyang now has no intention of compromising or continuing talks unless the United States takes measures that are commensurate to the changes it has taken—such as the 15-month moratorium on launches and tests—and changes its "political calculation." Choe, who attended the Feb. 27-28 talks in Hanoi, said Kim was puzzled by what she called the "eccentric" negotiation position of the US. She said statements by senior Trump advisers since the summit have further worsened the climate—but personal relations between the two leaders are still good "and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful."

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