North Korea on Friday launched a scathing assault on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling him a “diehard toxin” and saying it was “sceptical” whether or not it might negotiate with him.
Pyongyang additionally vowed to stay the USA’s “largest ‘risk’” and mentioned annual US-South Korea joint army drills had “difficult” nuclear talks between the 2 nations.
“We’re prepared for each dialogue and stand-off,” North Korea’s international minister Ri Yong Ho mentioned in a press release.
“The US is unfortunately mistaken if it nonetheless thinks of standing in confrontation with the DPRK with sanctions, not dropping its confrontational stand,” the assertion mentioned.
“We’ll stay as the largest ‘risk’ to the US for lengthy and lengthy and can make it perceive for certain what it has to do for the denuclearisation.”
North Korea carried out a number of short-range missile assessments in latest weeks in protest in opposition to the US-South Korean army workout routines, which it sees as a rehearsal for invasion.
The launches, and the assertion, worsen prospects for a revival of talks between Pyongyang and Washington, which have stalled since a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February collapsed with out an settlement.
The pair met once more in June within the Demilitarised Zone dividing North and South Korea, and agreed there to restart working-level dialogue, however these talks have but to start.
Earlier this week, Stephen Biegun, the US particular envoy for North Korea, mentioned throughout a go to to South Korea’s capital that the US was “ready to have interaction” as quickly because it hears from Pyongyang.
Pyongyang’s assault on Pompeo got here after he advised The Washington Examiner newspaper that if North Korea’s chief doesn’t denuclearise, “we’ll proceed to maintain on the sanctions which are the hardest in all of historical past”.
The North’s international minister countered: “He who has no disgrace has no conscience.”
Of Pompeo, he mentioned: “He’s really impudent sufficient to utter such inconsiderate phrases which solely go away us disillusioned and sceptical as as to whether we will remedy any drawback with such a man.”
Earlier this month, Trump tweeted that Kim had despatched him a letter — hand-delivered to him — during which he expressed hope that talks would resume as soon as the joint workout routines are over.
Washington stations almost 30,000 troops within the South to assist defend it from its neighbour.