DPRK strengthens ties with Russian Federation, blames USA for breakdown of summit


Speaking at a conference on Monday, U.S. Special Envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun said the administration was clear and unified in its position.

Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said the United States missed a golden opportunity in Hanoi, and warned that Kim may rethink his moratorium on missile launches, the Associated Press reported.

After the breakdown, critics called the meeting-which was the second time Trump and Kim met face-to-face-a "missed opportunity" to end the decades-long Korean war and pave a path for peace on the peninsula.

Hyon Song Wol, head of the North Korean Samjiyon art troupe takes a photo of Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-Hui (C) ahead of the welcoming ceremony of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam March 1, 2019. But those meetings broke down after the USA demanded a full declaration of North Korea's nuclear inventory up front - a "gangster-like demand", according to the regime. "The failure of the talks came despite what Choe described as a "mysteriously wonderful" chemistry" between Trump and Kim.

United Nations -led sanctions were a major sticking point, with Pyongyang calling for the lifting of several Security Council sanctions against it in return for dismantling the Yongbyon nuclear complex under the monitoring of US experts. "It's the administration's desire that we continue to have conversations about this".

In Washington this week, the USA special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said that diplomacy was "still very much alive", though he did not say if there had been any negotiations since the summit, or outline any plans for further talks.

"In Hanoi, on multiple occasions, he spoke directly to the president and made a commitment that he would not resume nuclear testing nor would he resume missile testing", Pompeo said. "We are hopeful we can continue to have conversations and negotiations". "Sometimes you have to walk, this was just one of those times", Trump said of his early departure from the summit, insisting he was in no rush to strike a deal.

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Pompeo said the USA expects Kim to live up to his promise to Trump to maintain the moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests.

John Delury, an expert on East Asia at Seoul's Yonsei University, said Choe's comments could be seen as a response to Bolton's threat to ramp up sanctions and did not mean the door to dialogue was closed. "The government will put every effort to resume the North Korean - U.S. talks". "So that's Chairman Kim's word".

North Korea acknowledged for the first time last Friday that the Hanoi summit ended "unexpectedly without an agreement".

"I don't think that really falls in the line of the way that the North Koreans approach things".

"What is clear is that the United States has thrown away a golden opportunity this time", she said.

In addition, Moon said, "The role of South Korea in this situation, or the role of President Moon [Jae-in] is not a mediator but facilitator, because a mediator should be an interest-free party, but South Korea is also involved in this problem".

Choe blamed the breakdown of talks on the US side, saying the American delegation was being too demanding and inflexible: [The US] "were too busy with pursuing their own political interests and had no honest intention to achieve a result", Choe added, according to Russian state news agency TASS. North Korea has always been good at throwing brushback pitches, spiking up hostile statements while looking for diplomatic openings.