US. President Donald Trump goes with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the US North Korea Summit in Hanoi on February 28, 2019.
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The Deputy North Korean Foreign Minister said on Tuesday that the United States would face undesirable consequences if they did not present a new position in denuclearization talks by the end of the year, state media reported.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has set the United States a deadline for the year-end to show more flexibility after his second summit with US President Donald Trump failed to reach an agreement to end Pyongyang's nuclear sanctions program ,
Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have canceled the deadline, however, and have called on Kim to act on his promise to denuclearize after years of nuclear and missile programs in defiance of US Security Council resolutions.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui selected Pompeo's interview with CBS last week, saying that the United States may need to "change the way" if the negotiations collapse.
"Changing paths is not a privilege only the United States has, but it could be our own decision if we decide," Choe told the official news agency KCNA.
"If the United States does not restore its position within the timeline we have indicated, it will really see undesirable consequences."
She also said that North Korea's determination to denuclearize remains unchanged. It would happen "when that happens," but only if the United States changes its current calculations.
"We know the way we will go, but we are reluctant to vote because we have set the deadline for the United States," Choe said.
The North had sought an agreement to ease sanctions against the dismantling of some nuclear facilities, but Trump called for a "big deal" that would lift sanctions if Pyongyang turned over all its nuclear weapons to the United States.
Choe's remarks continue the North's attack on Trump for nuclear talks after another foreign minister rejected Pompeo as a counterparty and called for a more "cautious and mature" transition to someone.