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orth Korea has issued a new threat to U.S. negotiators, warning that Washington will face a fierce reaction if the Americans do not adjust their strategy for sanctions relief and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Since bilateral talks stalled at the end of February, U.S.-North Korean relations have been sliding backward toward the animosity that put President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un on the edge of war in 2017.

On Friday, a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency struck a belligerent tone, Reuters reported.

An anonymous foreign ministry official said: “We hereby make it clear once again that the United States would not be able to move us even an inch with the device it is now weighing in its mind, and the further its mistrust and hostile acts towards the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] grow, the fiercer our reaction will be.”

February’s failed summit put the brakes on more than a year of thawing relations between the U.S. and the secretive regime in Pyongyang. Tensions rose further this month after North Korea test-fired short-range missiles—the first such launch in more than 500 days—and the U.S. accused of violating international sanctions.

“Unless the United States puts aside the current method of calculation and comes forward with a new method of calculation, the DPRK-U.S. dialogue will never be resumed and by extension, the prospect for resolving the nuclear issue will be much gloomier,” the spokesperson added.

The most recent summit, in Hanoi, collapsed as the two sides were too far apart on the timetable for sanctions relief in exchange for North Korean nuclear disarmament. According to Reuters, Trump demanded that Kim surrender all nuclear weapons and fuel before any sanctions were lifted, resulting.

Friday’s statement said the “arbitrary and dishonest position taken by the United States” was the “underlying cause” of the summit’s collapse. The proposed U.S. strategy was, the foreign official said, “totally impossible to get through.”

Harry Kazianis, the director of Korean studies at the Center for the National Interest, told Newsweek the statement “is clearly a warning to America, implying that if Washington will not at least compromise to some extent, that Pyongyang will only apply more and more pressure. We should not be shocked that as soon as this weekend more missiles will fly into the sky and tensions will climb with them even higher.”


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