North Korea has warned that its planned nuclear talks with Washington are becoming less likely to take place, in reaction to comments made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Pyongyang's "rogue behaviour", AFP reported on Sunday, September 1st.
Despite an agreement in June between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump to kick-start the process, Pyongyang's angry words come as working-level talks with Washington remain gridlocked.
No progress has been made in recent weeks, as the reclusive state launched a series of weapons tests in protest at joint military exercises between the US and South Korea.
According to Choe Son Hui, the North's Vice Foreign Minister speaking to the Central News Agency, “The country’s plans to enter into dialogue with the US are gradually disappearing and we are being pushed to re-examine all the measures we have taken so far.”
Choe took aim at remarks made earlier this week by Pompeo who described North Korea's actions as "rogue behaviour" that could not be ignored.
Adding that such language was improper, irritating and insulting, he warned that the US should not put North Korea’s patience to the test if it did not want to have bitter regrets afterwards.
The North's blistering criticism of the top US diplomat comes a week after it called him a "diehard toxin" and said it was "sceptical" as to whether it could negotiate with him.
Regardless of the agreement between Kim and Trump in Singapore last year on complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, little progress has since been made on dismantling the North’s weapons programmes, according to AFP.