PYONGYANG – A DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, who the Korean Central News Agency did not name, accused the United States of making outlandish requests during the Hanoi Summit in February.
“As we have stated before, the underlying cause of setback of the DPRK-U.S. summit talks in Hanoi is the arbitrary and dishonest position taken by the United States, insisting on a method which is totally impossible to get through,” the spokesperson stated. The “impossible method” referenced is President Trump requesting all five nuclear sites be dismantled.
The state official mentioned the steps they had previously taken to begin peace talks with Washington, including the repatriation of POW/MIA remains and the discontinuation of nuclear testing. Kim Jong-un also stated he would be willing to dismantle 1 or 2 nuclear sites, but not all.
DPRK stated they are unwilling to meet the demands of President Trump, going as far as saying that talks may remain at an impasse until more “respectable” requests are made.
Without an agreement with North Korea in place, Kim Jong-un may continue testing his intercontinental ballistic missiles. According to military officials in both countries, the missiles could reach San Francisco at current capacity.
North Korea launched a series of ballistic missiles on May 4 and May 9, believed by many to be a show of power and anger rather than a productive test. Kim Jong-un has been expecting a much larger amount of economic cooperation with the South than he has been receiving and is peeved that talks did not go well with Trump in February.
Trump, known for airing his grievances through his Twitter feed, has been quiet about Kim Jong-un and the DPRK of late. With a potential impeachment proceeding looming, he has ramped up his “no collusion” efforts while outlining the lack of Democratic cooperation at the southern border.