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North Korea Blames US for Summit Failure, Calls for "New Calculation"

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7Dnews London

Sat, 25 May 2019 09:17 GMT

North Korea has blamed the US for the failure of talks during the second summit between the two countries. They said on Friday, May 24th that it was the US’s "arbitrary and deceptive" stance that had quashed agreement between the two countries, and they warned that the nuclear issue could not be resolved without a new approach, Reuters has reported.

A spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry accused the US of trying to shirk responsibility for the failure of the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and US president Donald Trump in February, by provoking "issues outside the context entirely." The statement did not elaborate on the details. 

"The main reason for the failure of the summit talks between the DPRK and the United States in Hanoi is the arbitrary and deceptive attitude of the United States and its insistence on an impossible path," the unnamed spokesman said, in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency.

"The United States will not be able to move us by the inch of the instrument that you are considering now, and the more distrust and hostility it has toward the DPRK, the more ferocious we react," he said. 

The statement was the latest criticism of the US since the summit failed in Vietnam, where Kim wanted an ease in sanctions against North Korea, in return for a partial dismantling of North Korea's nuclear programme.

The statement called on a "new calculation" to be made before nuclear talks can be resumed between the two countries. 

This statement was the latest criticism of the US since the failed summit in Vietnam, and came just hours before Trump left for a state visit in Japan, where he is expected to discuss North Korea with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.   


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