U.S. and North Korean negotiators have broken off high-level nuclear talks after months of negotiations between the two countries, Reuters reported Saturday.
The news outlet reported that North Korea’s top official present for negotiations with the U.S. told reporters that American officials walked into the latest round of talks “empty-handed.”
“The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off,” North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, said.
“The U.S. raised expectations by offering suggestions like a flexible approach, new method and creative solutions, but they have disappointed us greatly and dampened our enthusiasm for negotiation by bringing nothing to the negotiation table,” he added, according to Reuters.
Gil accused the U.S. of having no intention of solving the countries’ difficulties through dialogue but said a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was still possible.
However, he said it would only happen “when all the obstacles that threaten our safety and check our development are removed completely without a shadow of doubt”.
The abrupt halt in negotiations come a month after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited President Trump to Pyongyang, the first time such an invitation was extended to a U.S. president.