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N. Korea envoy slams Bolton for seeking 'indication' from Pyongyang

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui is pictured at Beijing's international airport on Jan. 23, 2019. (Kyodo)

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- A senior North Korean diplomat on Saturday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's top national security adviser for saying he wants a "real indication" of Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearize before agreeing to a third U.S.-North summit, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, who is in charge of her country's diplomacy with the United States, made known her displeasure with John Bolton in an interview with KCNA.

Bolton told a U.S. media outlet on Wednesday that Trump "is fully prepared to have a third summit if he can get a real deal."

When asked what Washington would need to see, Bolton reportedly replied, "I think a real indication from North Korea that they've made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons."

Choe told KCNA that North Korea "never expected that adviser Bolton would ever make a reasonable remark."

"If he is a White House national security adviser, he should at least have understood about what kinds of substantive communications are made between the top leaders concerning the third round of summit before he had ever opened his mouth," she said.

She further advised him not to "continue to throw away such remarks devoid of discretion and reason."

The development comes just two days after Kwon Jong Gun, head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's North American Affairs Department, accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of "talking nonsense" and making "reckless remarks."

Kwon also demanded that Pompeo be replaced as Trump's top negotiator with someone who is "more careful."

In March, Choe accused Pompeo and Bolton of having "created an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust" at the Feb. 27-28 summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.

At their second summit, Kim and Trump fell short of a deal over the gap between Washington's insistence on denuclearization and Pyongyang's demand for economic sanctions relief.

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