North Korea won't continue negotiating with the U.S. unless Washington takes some corresponding measures.
And the regime's leader Kim Jong-un will soon announce whether the North will keep its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests.
That's from North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui who was part of Pyeongyang's delegation at the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi.
According to Russia's TASS news agency and AP, Choe urgently held a press conference on Friday, inviting foreign diplomats and journalists.
Choe said North Korea is not willing to yield to U.S. demands nor to engage in negotiations of this kind.
According to Choe, Kim Jong-un and Trump had an amazing chemistry.
But it was U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton who were uncompromising and created a hostile atmosphere.
She clarified that Pyeongyang never asked for sanctions to be lifted in their entirety.
The vice minister stressed that Washington threw away a "golden opportunity" this time and urged the U.S. to change its stance.
Regarding the recent missile-related moves, Choe said whether Pyeongyang will continue or abandon its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests is completely up to Kim Jong-un and she expects him to make up his mind soon.
While the North threatened to end negotiations with the U.S., it's noteworthy that Pyeongyang did not blame President Trump for the Hanoi summit fallout, but instead placed the fault on Trump's close aides.
With the ball now in Washington's court, eyes are now on how the Trump administration will respond to the North's warnings of possibly ending nuclear negotiations.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.