FILE PHOTO: Residents hold US and North Korean flags while they wait for motorcade of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un en route to the Metropole Hotel for the second US- North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019.
North Korea made its first public assessment of the meeting on Friday, with Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, who took part in the talks, accusing senior figures in the Trump team of overriding the president and bringing "an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust" to the table, AP reported.
He said: "We have no intention to yield to U.S. demands (at the Hanoi summit) in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind".
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui (center) speaks at an urgent gathering for diplomats in Pyongyang, North Korea on Friday.
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is set to make an official announcement soon on his position regarding talks with United States, TASS reported, citing Choe. She said statements by senior Trump advisers since the summit have further worsened the climate.
Choe said Washington threw away a golden opportunity at the summit and warned that Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, the Associated Press news agency said.
Even so, she said personal relations between the two leaders are still good "and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful". "'For what reason do we have to make this train trip again?'" she said.
"I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the USA will eventually put the situation in danger", AP quoted her as saying. "We have neither the intention to compromise with the U.S.in any form nor much less the desire or plan to conduct this kind of negotiation".
Choe criticized Trump for claiming at a news conference after the talks fell through that Pyongyang wanted all sanctions to be lifted - a claim that the US State Department later admitted was not accurate. Following the meeting, Trump said the North had demanded full sanctions relief in return for dismantling a limited portion of its nuclear weapons program.
Choe said it was the US that was being too demanding and inflexible.
In response, Seoul's presidential office said that the South Korean government will continue the efforts to faciliate dialogue between USA and North Korea under any circumstances.
In Washington this week, the US special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said the United States expected to be able to continue its close engagement, though he offered no specifics on when new talks might be held. "I'm not sure why the USA came out with this different description".
She refused to comment directly when asked by one of the ambassadors about news reports the North may be preparing for another missile launch or satellite launch.
'Whether to maintain this moratorium or not is the decision of our chairman of the state affairs commission, ' she said, using one of Kim's titles.
Journalists were not allowed to ask questions during the briefing, which lasted almost an hour.