The historic handshake: President Trump and Leader Kim Jong un reach out to shake hands for the first time ever. Image: AFPThe historic handshake: President Trump and Leader Kim Jong un reach out to shake hands for the first time ever. Image: AFP

North Korea considering suspending nuclear talks with U.S.

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States, news reports from Pyongyang are suggesting. “North Korea is rethinking the ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions”, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui was heard saying.

Claiming President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim still enjoyed a ‘very good relationship’, she accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton of creating an atmosphere of ‘hostility and mistrust’, which as per Choe “obstructed the constructive efforts towards negotiations.”

Denuclearisation talks between U.S. and North Korea failed during Trump and Kim’s second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam last month following their inability to come upon an agreement. As per U.S. officials,  North Korea wanted almost all sanctions removed in exchange for a partial shutdown of the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center, the United States disagreed. The United States instead asked North Korea to give up all of their nuclear arsenal in exchange for a bright economic future; North Korea disagreed. Following the disagreements, the summit was cut short, and both headed home.

Days later, media reports  suggested North Korea had started continuing its missile programs after satellite images showed activity at a missile site it had earlier dismantled. Trump had tweeted he would be ‘displeased’ if the reports were true. Following today’s developments, President Trump is yet to tweet his views.

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