SEOUL, A senior North Korean official announced Friday that her regime is rethinking whether to continue nuclear talks with the United States and maintain a moratorium on missile tests, according to foreign news reports.
Speaking at an urgent meeting with diplomats and foreign media in Pyongyang, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui cited the U.S. attitude in the recent Hanoi summit.
"We have no intention to yield to the U.S. demands (at the Hanoi summit) in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind," she was quoted as saying by Russia's TASS news agency.
The Associated Press also quoted Choe as saying that her country was deeply disappointed by the failure to strike an agreement in Hanoi late last month.
She urged the Trump administration to change tack and stressed Pyongyang has no intention of budging.
She added North Korea will soon make a decision on whether to stay on the dialogue track and refrain from carrying out missile launches and nuclear tests.
It was not immediately clear if the veteran diplomat was just trying to put pressure on Washington or whether North Korea is seriously considering abandoning denuclearization talks.
Despite their no-deal second summit in the Vietnamese capital, the two sides have stated a willingness to keep negotiations alive.
U.N.-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 U.S. experts.
Trump, however, demanded Pyongyang do more in pursuit of a package deal.
Source: Yonhap news Agency