File photo: US National Security Adviser John Bolton. Photograph:( Reuters )
North Korea's remark comes amid row over its call to replace Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with someone more mature in talks
Criticising a leading US official for the second time in less than a week, North Korea described US National Security Adviser John Bolton's call for Pyongyang to show that it’s serious about giving up its nuclear weapons as
"nonsense", reported news agency Reuters.
North Korea's remark comes amid row over its call to replace Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with someone more mature in talks.
North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with Pompeo and that he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down.
US President Donald Trump has said he is open to a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but Bolton told Bloomberg News on Wednesday there first needed to be "a real indication from North Korea that they've made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons".
"Bolton in an interview with Bloomberg, showed above himself by saying such a nonsense," North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters when asked about his recent comments, the Korean Central News Agency said on Saturday.
"Bolton's remarks make me wonder whether they sprang out of incomprehension of the intentions of the top leaders of the DPRK and the US or whether he was just trying to talk with a certain sense of humour for his part, with its own deviation," she said, referring to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.
"All things considered, his word has no charm in it and he looks dim-sighted to me," Choe Son Hui was quoted as saying.