Korea rejects Pompeo role in nuclear talks


The weapons test on Wednesday, followed by the bold demand on Pompeo, simultaneously show outsiders that North Korea won't back down, and to show strength domestically amid internal worries that diplomacy with the us indicate the regime's weakness, analysts said.

Describing Pompeo as "reckless" and immature, the foreign ministry said it wanted him replaced by another interlocutor, a demand that significantly ups the ante in a sensitive diplomatic standoff.

Last April, Mr Kim said his country would not launch any more long-range intercontinental missiles and stop nuclear tests as Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities had been "verified".

North Korea's Director General of the American Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry Kwon Jong Gun said in a statement that Pompeo misrepresented what Kim had said, that negotiations should be finalized by the year's end.

Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump earlier this year.

"Even if this is not a "missile" test the way we strictly define it, these people and MID are all sanctioned entities for a reason", Hanham said. "I'd love to see that done sooner".

By visiting Russia, Kim is trying to demonstrate to the US that he is not isolated, if matters don't work out with Trump, said Andrei Lankov, a North Korea expert and professor at Kookmin University in Seoul.

"Therefore, even in the case of possible resumption of the dialogue with the United States, I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo, but".

It is North Korea's first public weapons test since the second US-North Korea summit in Hanoi ended with no agreement in February.

North Korea has said it wants guarantees of its security from Washington before committing to fully dismantling its nuclear program.

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The official added that data the U.S. has been able to review indicated the components were inconsequential to any advanced North Korean military capability.

Kwon said Kim had made his "principled stand" on negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington clear in a recent speech to the country's rubberstamp parliament. Its report gave no details of the weapon.

Trump last week rejected a call for confidence-building joint economic projects between Seoul and Pyongyang, and his national security adviser said Wednesday that the USA would need to see more evidence that Kim was ready to give up nuclear weapons before scheduling a third summit.

The Kim-Putin meeting would be the first between the two leaders, as Moscow seeks to play a role in another global flashpoint.

"Unlike the time of Cold War tensions, Russian Federation and China maintain a considerably positive relationship for now, and I think there seem to be little benefits Russian Federation may get by playing alone in Northeast Asia", Kim, of Ajou University, said.

However, the description provided by KCNA suggests that it does not represent a return to missile testing for the regime - a tactical weapon is created to be used on the battlefield, and is typically not a long-range armament.

Kim's visit to the testing site came after he visited the North Korean Air and Anti-aircraft Force on Tuesday, according to KCNA. "The United States remains ready to engage North Korea in a constructive negotiation".

Analysts believe that the projectile flew over a short distance at low altitude, likely meaning it is a short-range guided missile similar to the Israeli Spike, which has a range of around 20 kilometres.

But it claimed the weapon has a "peculiar mode of guiding flight" as well as "a powerful warhead".

"It is also important to note that if the "new type tactical guided weapons" which North Korea announced today is a cruise missile, then this has nothing to do with sanctions, because the current United Nations sanctions are aimed at ballistic missiles".