The BL—North Korea's foreign minister has disputed U.S. President Donald Trump's account of Summit

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The BL—North Korea's foreign minister has disputed U.S. President Donald Trump's account of Summit

North Korea's foreign minister has disputed US President Donald Trump's account of why the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed, as he said the North demanded only partial sanctions relief in exchange for shutting down its main nuclear complex.

Trump, who was on his way back to Washington on Thursday, said before leaving Hanoi that the talks broke down because Kim insisted that all the punishing sanctions the US has imposed on Pyongyang be lifted without the North committing to eliminate its nuclear arsenal.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho commented during an abruptly scheduled middle-of-the-night news conference.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump had told reporters the North had demanded a full removal of sanctions in exchange for shutting the Yongbyon nuclear facility.

Ri said the North was also ready to offer in writing a permanent halt of the country's nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and that any opportunity to reach a better agreement would be "difficult" to come by.

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