Pompeo: "Only One Real Approach" to North Korea's Denuclearization


The second Kim-Trump summit held at the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi ended with no agreement.

"North Korea wanted to see a change in US policy by the end of the year, " the report quoted Choe as saying.

Choe on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, has accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of making "foolish and dangerous" comments after Pompeo said Washington will have to "change paths" if nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang break down.

Meanwhile, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Thursday that the government in Seoul was considering dispatching a special envoy to North Korea. Pompeo said last week he would remain in charge of the US negotiating team. And he warned the situation "may return to its original state as the USA took an unilateral attitude in bad faith at the recent second DPRK-US summit talks".

"Changing paths is not a privilege that only the United States has, but it could be our own choice if we make up our mind", Choe said, according to the official KCNA news agency.

"In case the U.S.is messing the problem and wandering along the other road like now, and would not formulate their position anew within the time frame set by our side, they will indeed face an undesired effect".

"It is more than important for our country to be proactive in tackling the issue".

While unlikely to become a test of a medium- or long-range ballistic missile which could scuttle the negotiations, the announcement indicated the growing disappointment with all the diplomatic breakdown of that the North.

Choe on Tuesday cited DPRK leader Kim Jong Un's remarks during a "policy speech" earlier in the month that he would be open to a third summit with Trump, but only if it resulted in a "fair" deal beneficial to the two countries.

Washington has blamed the collapse of the Hanoi summit in February on the North's demands for sanctions relief in return for limited nuclear disarmament - but Pyongyang has denied this, saying it had wanted only some of the measures eased. She vowed action if it didn't change its stance by the end of the year. The United States has also proposed to hold another summit later this year to end the stalemate.

North Korean authorities have given no public indication of any willingness to meet Abe.

The engagement between Moscow and Pyongyang continued to flag, as Kim, following the Trump administration's aggressive policy towards North Korea, made a decision to hold direct talks with the U.S. to resolve the nuclear issue.

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