North Korea has accused the US of using “gangster-like” tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks.
It branded the US attitude at the meeting as “extremely troubling”.
The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before.
He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.
It is the first time he has visited North Korea since a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
The leader’s meeting ended with a promise from Mr Kim to work towards denuclearisation, but details on how this will be achieved remain thin.