North Korea has repeatedly turned down a denuclearisation proposal made by the U.S., the Vox news website reported on Wednesday, one that would have set a formal timeline to start the process by having Pyongyang cut its nuclear arsenal by 60 to 70 per cent within six to eight months, delivering the warheads to a third party.
Pyongyang insisted that the US should reciprocate to the North's suspension of missile launches and nuclear tests and other goodwill gestures such as the return of remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.
But there have been reports recently that Moon and Kim could meet as soon as this month.to try to find a breakthrough in the North Korea-U.S. nuclear negotiations, which have slowed down because of differences between the two about formally ending the Korean War.
In an April summit, President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to seek such declaration this year through three-way meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States or four-way talks involving the two Koreas, the U.S. and China.
"However, the USA responded to our expectation by inciting global sanctions and pressure against the DPRK", it said in a statement carried by KCNA news agency. "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearization". "As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement including the denuclearization", it said.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a regular briefing on Thursday that the United States was in touch with North Korea virtually every day or other day but had no travel plans to announce for the moment. North Korea also accused unidentified high-level USA officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions and pressure". "It's just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize".
Asked about the possibility of additional meetings, Bolton said Trump in a recent letter to Kim proposed sending Pompeo back to North Korea, and that Trump was ready to meet with Kim any time.
The United States was "attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions against the DPRK".
Haley said Pompeo had delivered "solid" US demands to North Korea and that Washington would not weaken those or ease sanctions on Pyongyang.
Following the landmark inter-Korean summit in April, the two held a lower-key meeting in May in Panmunjom after the United States abruptly canceled its planned summit with the North - which it later pulled a U-turn on.
When they met for the first time in April, they agreed.