North Korea’s foreign minister says Pyongyang’s position will not change even if the US seeks further talks.
After the breakdown of two leaders summit in Hanoi that reached no deal.
US President Donald Trump has said that North Korea’s leader Kim wanted a full sanctions relief that he can’t give, reason why they did not make an arrangement or deal.
NoKor’s Ri Yong Ho was speaking after a summit in Vietnam between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without agreement.
President Trump said the US had refused demands for all sanctions to be lifted.
But at a late-night news conference, Ri insisted the North had only asked for partial sanctions relief, not a complete lifting.
He said his country had made “realistic” proposals including the complete decommissioning of the Yongbyon nuclear research centre, under the watch of US observers.
In return, he said, the North had wanted only partial lifting of sanctions “that hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of our people”.
The official has said Pyongyang had also offered to permanently halt nuclear and long-range rocket testing.
Ri added that it might be hard to see an opportunity such as the Hanoi summit again.
“Our principal stand will remain invariable and our proposals will never change, even if the United States proposes negotiations again in the future,” he told reporters.
The two leaders had been expected to announce progress on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to sign a joint agreement.
“Sometimes you have to walk and this was one of those times,” says Trump after the summit with Kim.