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N.Korea 'having second thoughts' on denuclearization

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North Korean leader might be reconsidering denuclearization talks with the U.S., according to media reports.

Russian news agency TASS on Friday said Kim Jong-un may suspend the negotiations after a Vietnam summit with President Donald Trump collapsed late February.

"We have no intention to yield to the U.S. demands in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind," North Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters Friday.

Kim Jong-un is set to make an official statement soon to announce his country's further actions in the wake of the unsuccessful Hanoi summit, the deputy minister added.

Earlier reports have also emerged that North Korea was restoring rocket launch Dongchang-ri test site.

The North Korean diplomat blamed the U.S. for the breakdown of the talks in Hanoi saying the Americans "were too busy with pursuing their own political interests and had no sincere intention to achieve a result".

Trump and Kim met twice in less than a year since last June for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

After exiting Hanoi, Trump had said that he could not agree to the North's request for a complete lifting of sanctions.

However, North Korea contradicted Trump saying Pyongyang insisted only on a partial lifting of sanctions.

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