North Korean Official: Kim Jong Un ‘May Have Lost the Will’ to Negotiate With Trump (VIDEO)
Even as the Trump administration tries to put a happy face on the aborted summit with Kim Jong Un, North Korean officials are contradicting Trump’s version of events, and casting doubt on the future of the negotiations.
At his own press conference Thursday, Trump told reporters that Kim had demanded the lifting of all sanctions in exchange for the dismantling of some nuclear sites, and both he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both tried to cast the summit as “progress” toward a future deal.
But in a rare press conference in Hanoi following the summit, North Korean officials contradicted Trump, and cast doubt on the productivity of current and future talks.
Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho told reporters “What we proposed was not the removal of all sanctions, but the partial removal,” and that they “offered a realistic proposal” that would be a “trust-building measure.”
He also said that during the meeting with Trump “it became clear that the United States was not ready to accept our proposal,” and that “our proposal will never be changed.”
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-Hui spoke to reporters after Ri, and said that the U.S. “not accepting our proposal is missing an opportunity that comes once in a thousand years.”
She also said that “I have a feeling that Chairman Kim may have lost the will” to negotiate with Trump.
Watch the clip above.
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