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SEOUL, South Korea – Kim Jong Un is considering suspending negotiations with the US and may reconsider a ban on missiles and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, a senior North Korean diplomat was quoted as Friday.
Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui owed top US officials Distribution of last month's summit in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and Kim, reported Russia's Tass news agency.
"We do not intend to deliver to the United States' demands (at the Hanoi Summit) in any form, nor are we willing to participate in such negotiations," Tass quoted Choe as telling reporters in the North Korean capital.
State Secretary Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton "created the atmosphere of hostility and distrust, thus hampering the constructive efforts of negotiations between the top leaders of North Korea and the United States," said Tass quoted Choe.
Kim will soon publish his position on the denuclearisation negotiations with the US and the further actions of the Nordic countries, it added.
Choe said Washington threw a golden opportunity at the summit and warned that Kim might reconsider a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests, the Associated Press reported.
"I want to make it clear that America's gangster-like condition will ultimately endanger the situation," said AP.
But she added: "Personal relationships between the two top leaders are still good, and chemistry is mysteriously wonderful."
South Korea, which has an ambitious agenda for engagement with North Korea, dependent on Pyongyang and Washington, at least resolves some of their differences, saying it was too early to tell what Choe's comments could mean.
"We cannot judge the current situation solely based on Deputy Prime Minister Choe Son Huis's statements," said South Korea's Presidential Blue House in a statesman. "We follow the situation closely."
Choe's remarks repeated the Nordic's usual rhetoric on tense points in connection with Washington.
The second Trump-Kim summit struck down on the differences between US demands for Pyongyang for the core industry and North Korea's urgent emergency relief from international sanctions imposed on its nuclear and missile tests, which it pursued for years in contravention of UN Security Council resolutions.
Choe had said after the Hanoi negotiations that Kim might lose his commitment to pursue an agreement with the United States after seeing it reject a request to raise some sanctions to the north to destroy its main known nuclear complex.
Bolton, who has argued for a fierce approach to North Korea, said last week that Trump was open to more talks, but also warned of harder sanctions if the north did not.