In other words, what truly sealed the meeting between Kim and Putin is the fruitless Trump-Kim summit about two months ago.
Her remarks come days after U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said in a USA television interview that Washington could "change paths" if talks with Pyongyang broke down.
Elaborating on previous calls from Kim Jong Un to show more flexibility, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said the U.S. was risking "unintended consequences" if they don't change their position on denuclearization to one more palatable to both sides.
A February summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump collapsed over mismatched demands in sanctions relief and nuclear disarmament, AP reported.
Choe referenced Kim's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, saying that the North Korean leader had "strongly berated the unilateral and dishonest attitude of the United States and stated that ... the DPRK will be prepared to deal with every possible scenario" at those talks.
"We know the path that we will move toward, but we are hesitating to make a choice as we set the deadline for the U.S.", Choe said Tuesday, warning the U.S. of "consequences" should it decide against continuing negotiations.
When asked about North Korea's calls for him to be dropped from the talks, Pompeo reiterated on Monday that he was still in charge of the United States negotiating team. He noted that the North's moratorium on nuclear tests and climbing from U.S.
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"It is more than important for our country to be proactive in tackling the issue".
In April, she was elevated to the post of first vice foreign minister and became a member of the powerful State Affairs Commission.
She also said North Korea's determination to denuclearise remained unchanged. It did not report on any specific agreements regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program and US -led sanctions against the North.After the summit, Putin stressed that Moscow and Washington both want North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons.
The Seoul ministry said Lee and Biegun discussed ways to cooperate in advancing the complete denuclearization of and the settlement of lasting pace in the Korean Peninsula, without elaborating further.
The summit between Putin and Kim has also boosted Russia's stature in China, Japan and South Korea.
Reports suggest Trump told Kim his country must hand all its nuclear weapons and bomb fuel over to the US.