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North Korea warns that it is prepared for both a dialogue and a confrontation with the US

August 23, 2019

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Reuters / EP) –

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong has warned Friday that Pyongyang is prepared for both a dialogue and a confrontation with the United States, adding that if Washington continues with the sanctions it would be a mistake, as reported by the North Korean state agency KCNA.

“If the United States continues to dream of achieving everything with sanctions, we must let it dream or break that dream,” Ri said. “We are prepared for both dialogue and confrontation. If the United States tries to confront us with sanctions and not abandoning his position would be a miscalculation, “he said.

Ri has also accused the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, of casting “dark shadows” on the talks between the United States and North Korea, claiming that Pompeo is more interested in his own political ambitions than in Washington's current outside.

The North Korean minister's statements have come after Pompeo said in an interview this week that if North Korea carries out denuclearization, the United States will maintain the strongest sanctions in history and convince North Korea that denuclearization is the correct road.

US envoy Stephen Biegun, who leads the work-level talks with North Korea, arrived in Seoul on Tuesday to discuss the talks.

The denuclearization talks were expected to resume soon, South Korea's Deputy National Security Advisor Kim Hyun Chong said, and gave his optimistic assessment after meeting with Biegun on Thursday.

Work-level talks between Washington and Pyongyang have not yet resumed since it stopped after the second failed summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February.

Trump and Kim met again in June at the inter-Korean border and agreed to resume negotiations, but it hasn't happened yet.