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North Korea may break off US talks and resume missile tests, official says

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui said this week that the US “has thrown away a golden opportunity” by walking away from last month’s US-North Korea summit in Hanoi. At the time, US President Trump explained that the North Korean delegation demanded that the US lift all sanctions on the regime, which the US was not willing to do.

However, North Korea has challenged this explanation, claiming that their demands were more moderate. “I’m not sure why the US came out with this different description. We never asked for the removal of sanctions in their entirety,” Choe said. The official dismissed the possibility of future talks with the US and accused the country of exhibiting a “gangster-like” attitude, stressing that her government has “no intention to yield to the US demands in any form.” Choe’s comments are in line with recent observations of renewed activity at a North Korea rocket facility.

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