August 10, 2020

North Korea raises prospect of “payback” on U.S. after Pompeo sanctions remarks
New MFA director for dialogue with U.S. says Secretary of State revealed "scheme" to buy time through Kim-Trump talks

North Korea is getting closer to completely abandoning talks with the U.S. and is increasing its resolve for “payback” against Washington, an official from the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement on Monday.

The comments, credited to an unnamed “director general for negotiations with the U.S.” -- an apparently new position -- cited recent remarks on DPRK sanctions by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as the reason for the potential shift.