North Korea: ready for confrontation with US, Pompeo[/rtl]
[rtl]Date: 2019/8/23 11:47 • 123 times read[/rtl]
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Friday described his US counterpart Mike Pompeo as a "poison poison" that only complicates nuclear disarmament talks and expressed his country's readiness for dialogue or confrontation with the United States. .
Talks aimed at dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs have been stalled since the failure of a second summit by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February in Vietnam.
Trump and Kim met again in June at the inter-Korean border and agreed to resume negotiations, but that has yet to happen.
Since the Vietnam summit, North Korea has demanded that a "more mature" person replace Pompeo, while praising Kim's rapprochement with Trump.
Rey, who participated in the Vietnam summit with Pompeo, described the US secretary as "the poison of American diplomacy" the "deadly poison", which looms sanctions "in a vulgar way."
He cited Pompeo's remarks in recent interviews, saying sanctions would remain in place until North Korea made concrete moves toward nuclear disarmament.
"It has been too long for him to utter such cynical words that disappoint us and doubt that any problem can be solved with someone like him," he said in a statement published by the Korean Central News Agency.
The North Korean minister also accused his US counterpart of casting "bleak shadows" on US-North Korean talks, saying Pompeo attached his political ambitions to greater importance than his country's current foreign policy.
"If the United States still dreams of achieving everything through sanctions, we will have two options: either let it enjoy the dream from the depths or awaken it," he said.
"We are ready, whether for dialogue or confrontation. If the United States tries to confront us with sanctions and not abandon the confrontation, it will be a miscalculation of it."
The US envoy to North Korea, Stephen Begin, who leads talks with the working groups, arrived in Seoul on Tuesday to discuss how to get the talks back on track.
Kim Hyun-chung, South Korea's deputy national security adviser, expected the resumption of nuclear disarmament talks between the US and North Korea soon after his meeting with Beijing on Thursday.
"We are looking forward to progress in the denuclearization talks regarding mutual trust and respect between the United States and North Korea, with positive results," South Korea's unification ministry spokesman Kim Yoon-han said Friday when asked about Ri's remarks.
North Korea has fired a number of short-range missiles in recent weeks to protest against joint US-South Korean military exercises and the acquisition of new weapons, further complicating the resumption of talks.