Pompeo says denuclearization talks with Kim will resume quickly. North Korea says the opportunity 'may not come again.'

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North Korean officials aren't pleased about President Trump's explanation for the bilateral summit's collapse.

After abruptly cutting short his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un without an agreement, Trump said the talks fell apart because "basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety," but they would not agree to enough on denuclearization.

In a press conference, North Korea's foreign minister insisted that they had only demanded partial sanctions relief, reports The Associated Press. Trump said Kim was only willing to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear facility in exchange for a full removal of sanctions, but Ri Yong Ho said negotiations collapsed when the U.S. demanded further steps toward denuclearization. As AP writes:

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Ri says the North was also ready to offer in writing a permanent halt of the country's nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and that Washington wasted an opportunity that "may not come again."He says the North's position wouldn't change even if the United States offers to resume another round of dialogue.

Warnings that North Korea "may not" be open to further talks contradict what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier, namely, that negotiations would resume quickly despite his leaving Hanoi on an unexpectedly negative note. Pompeo said that despite the sudden breakdown, Trump and Kim made progress. Read more at The Associated Press.

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