North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is no longer interested in discussing denuclearization plans with US President Donald Trump after their talks fell apart abruptly Thursday, a senior Pyongyang official has warned.

“I have a feeling that Chairman Kim may have lost the will (to continue) North Korea-US dealings,” Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency Friday. “It’s my personal feeling.”

“I think about whether [we] should continue talks,” she added, questioning the need to continue them after Trump said Thursday that he had to walk away from the meeting with Kim in Hanoi.

The American president said Pyongyang was ready to make concessions but not in areas that Washington had hoped for. He also claimed that Kim insisted on removing all US sanctions as a per-requisite to denuclearization.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, however, offered a starkly different breakdown of the summit, telling reporters in a separate presser that Pyongyang never asked for the removal of all sanctions.

According to him, Pyongyang had relayed to Trump that it was ready to “permanently and completely dismantle all the nuclear production facilities” at Yongbyon – its main site – if the US agreed to scrap sanctions “that hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of our people.”

Choe’s remarks on Friday echoed those of Kim, who warned in his New Year’s message that Pyongyang may take “a new path” if Washington keeps the country under pressure and sanctions.

PressTV-N Korea contradicts Trump, says ready to fully denuke

PressTV-N Korea contradicts Trump, says ready to fully denukeNorth Korea says Kim never tied denuclearization to a full removal of US sanctions despite Trump’s claims.

Trump and Kim met at a historic summit in Singapore for the first time last year, where they agreed to work towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Subsequent diplomacy between the two sides, however, made little progress, mainly because the US refused to lift its harsh sanctions.

So far, Pyongyang has taken several steps toward the goal by suspending missile and nuclear testing, demolishing at least one nuclear test site, and agreeing to allow international inspectors into a missile engine test facility.

Washington, however, has insisted that sanctions on the North must remain in place until it completely and irreversibly dismantles its nuclear program.

Choe said in her remarks that Washington should have rewarded Pyongyang adequately by lifting at least some of the sanctions.

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Our Editor Konstantin was born in Moscow’s Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. Recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army . Starting up as Soviet blogger ‘Maaxmann’, later becoming a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the ‘High Life’. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung…later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.

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