A senior North Korean official has strongly denounced US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his "stupid and dangerous" remarks last week that the US would 'change paths' should diplomacy with Pyongyang not succeed.

Iran Press/Asia: On Tuesday, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said that Pompeo’s comments in an interview with CBS last week were "foolish and dangerous ideas that imply overthrowing our system with military.”

“This is a very stupid and dangerous idea of breaking down our system by using military methods as [the US] cannot break us down with the maximum pressure and economic blockade,” she said. “The ‘change of path’ mentioned by the US … is not a privilege that the US has but is our choice”, Reuters reported.

“Our will to achieve denuclearization remains unchanged and we will denuclearize in due time, but it can be possible only under the condition that the US changes its current way of calculation and re-establish its stance,” official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted her as saying.

And if the US did not change its stance by the end of this year, it will "face (an) unwanted outcome," she said.

Speaking to CBS last Wednesday, Pompeo said he believed that the path to North Korea’s denuclearization would be 'bumpy' and that the US would consider alternative solutions should 'good faith negotiations' and 'real conversations' break down.

The North Korean leader further blamed the US for continuing 'to ignore the basic way of the new DPRK-US relations, including withdrawing hostile policies.'

Kim also warned that the White House mistakenly believes that “if they pressure us to the maximum, they can subdue us”, stressing that he had no interest in a third summit if it is a repeat of Hanoi.101/211/202


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