North Korea's state media said the world is blaming the USA for ending the Hanoi summit without a deal, the first commentary from the country acknowledging the high-stakes talks failed to reach an agreement.
Satellite imagery analysed by her organisation revealed that Pyongyang had begun rebuilding a long-range rocket launch site it had promised to dismantle, and North Korea's official news agency has now overtly blamed the USA for the failure of the summit.
File image of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
But immediately after the summit North Korean media said only that Pyongyang and Washington have agreed to continue "productive" discussions on denuclearisation.
Still, the official struck a cautiously optimistic tone after the collapse of nuclear talks at Trump's summit in Hanoi last month with Kim, saying that negotiators had moved closer in their understanding of what "denuclearization" means.
According to senior U.S. officials, in the week leading up to the Hanoi summit, the North Koreans had demanded the lifting of effectively all UN Security Council economic sanctions imposed on Pyongyang since March 2016.
When asked about the prospects of restarting operations at an inter-Korean factory park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong and South Korean tours to the North's Diamond Mountain resort, Kim told reporters on Friday that Seoul should "work on it".
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Earlier this week North Korea sparked outrage after satellite images revealed the nation was "rapidly rebuilding" its Sohae Launch Facility, a long-range missile launch site.
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The US State Department has declined to comment.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was hopeful he would send a delegation to North Korea for more talks in the next couple of weeks, but that he had received "no commitment yet". Trump tweeted that "the reason I do not want military drills with South Korea is to save hundreds of millions of dollars for the United States for which we are not reimbursed". It is not clear if the U.S. has had contact with North Korea since the Hanoi summit.
What's more, the breakdown in Hanoi has cast a shadow on each of Japan, the US and South Korea. South Korea says new missile-related activity has been detected at the site but its exact goal remains unclear.
"What they don't want is to send their guy here and POTUS says 'nope I'm out of here, see you on the 9th hole, '" the authority said.
Palladino would not say if Washington had been in contact with Pyongyang over Sohae, situated on North Korea's northwest coast, or the failed Hanoi talks.
The Vietnam summit on Feb 27-28 collapsed over differences about how far North Korea was willing to limit its nuclear program and the degree of USA willingness to ease economic sanctions. "We also don't know how far the train has gotten".