Following the recent summit between North Korea and the United States in Hanoi, Vietnam, there was some hopeful progress to come from President Trump and Kim Jong Un. This, however, has changed in the last week as Deputy Minister Choe Son Hui gave a statement that talks will possibly be suspended.
“We have no intention to yield to the US demands [put forward at the Hanoi summit] in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind,” said Choe, according to Russian state news agency TASS, which attended the press event in Pyongyang.
The minister blamed the lack of any real progress and this breakdown to be primarily the US’s fault. “[The US] were too busy with pursuing their own political interests and had no sincere intention to achieve a result,” Choe added, according to TASS.
US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, claims the Minister’s words are inaccurately describing the current situation regarding the talks between the US and North Korea. Recent satellite images have shown North Korean nuclear facilities in progress of being rebuilt and brought back into operation. Steve Biegun spoke at Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, DC on Monday and has urged against making any “snap judgements” regarding the activity shown in the satellite images. “We don’t know what Kim will decide to do in the future and that any decision to resume such testing may very much be his decision, and his decision alone,” Biegun said. He also noted that Trump has “made clear” how disappointed he would be if testing resumed.
North Korea acknowledged for the first time last Friday that the Hanoi summit ended “unexpectedly without an agreement.” Despite previously painting the Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam in a positive light, state news agency KCNA said the meeting hadn’t gone as well as expected.
The US had hoped the summit would demonstrate the success of Trump’s diplomatic gamble with North Korea, but instead the meeting ended with no joint agreement, after Kim demanded all US sanctions be lifted on his country. “Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said during a news conference following the conclusion of the talks, which broke up earlier than planned. “This was just one of those times.”
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