Pompeo said Washington ‘could not ignore’ North Korea’s ‘rogue behaviour’ during a speech on US foreign policy earlier this week [File: Bebeto Matthews/AP]

A senior North Korean diplomat has berated US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for describing Pyongyang’s behaviour as “rogue” and warned its expectations for talks with Washington are fading.

In a statement carried on Saturday by the official Korean Central News Agency, North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Pompeo’s “thoughtless” comments increased animosity towards the United States and made it harder for working-level nuclear negotiations between the countries to resume.

“Our expectations of dialogue with the US are gradually disappearing and we are being pushed to re-examine all the measures we have taken so far,” Choe said.

“The US had

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