Furious North Korean official says Trump threw away golden opportunity for peace

National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Satellite imagery has revealed activity at a North Korea rocket site, though USA officials say there's no signs yet that Pyongyang is preparing to restart testing.

"She left open the possibility that negotiations continue", Pompeo said when asked about the official's comments Friday at the State Department, where he also touched on the International Criminal Court and the brutal attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

'I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the US will eventually put the situation in danger.

He did, however, offer no specifics on when any new summit might be arranged.

Pompeo reminded reporters that Kim personally promised he would not resume testing nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles when he met with President Trump in Vietnam.

She also said the US had "lost a golden opportunity" at the US-North Korea summit in Hanoi on February 27 and 28. Not quite. North Korea's tactic might be to hope this will initiate a reaction from the US. She said the "gangster-like stand of the USA will eventually put the situation in danger". "It is likely to gauge the US reaction in the days ahead before making a decision to launch a rocket", he said.

Pyongyang favours a more step-by-step approach, with Kim proposing dismantling facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for lifting the main sanctions - an offer Trump refused in Hanoi despite the vaunted "chemistry" between the pair.

North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un is understood to be preparing an announcement where he will outline his future position on the denuclearisation of the peninsula. "That's Chairman Kim's word".

The second Trump-Kim summit broke down over differences about US demands for Pyongyang to denuclearize and North Korea's demand for dramatic relief from worldwide sanctions imposed for its nuclear and missile tests, which it pursued for years in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. "We have every expectation he will live up to that commitment".

Choe explicitly threatened to resume banned ballistic missile launches and nuclear weapons tests if the USA does not soften its position on denuclearization, saying Kim would "clarify his position" on resuming nuclear activity soon.

Trump told reporters at the time that the USA would be unable to accept North Korea's request for total sanctions relief as a precondition for disarmament.

"At this time, they (North Korea) are willing to reform and become more open, which requires sanctions being lifted, but they also need to show their willingness to denuclearize and are urging the US president to take action", he said. 'I'm not sure why the USA came out with this different description.

FILE - U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton arrives to address reporters as the Trump administration announces economic sanctions against Venezuela during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Jan. 28, 2019. 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.

The North´s warning came amid concerns over its satellite rocket launch site, where some rebuilding activity has been observed in recent weeks, triggering worldwide alarm that Pyongyang might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch. "In any situation, our government will endeavour for the restart of North Korea-US negotiations".

USA envoy Stephen Biegun has also ruled out doing denuclearization "incrementally", although he insisted on Monday that diplomacy was "still very much alive".



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