North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un announced that his country is renouncing the moratorium placed on its nuclear and long-range missile tests. The moratorium had been put into effect during the talks with the United States.

Despite this reversal, Kim pledged that he was still open to further discussions with the U.S.

During his speech, he also said that North Korea is pursuing further developments and most notably will seek to introduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future, though he did not offer any additional information.

The announcement came after a four-day meeting of officials of the Workers’ Party of Korea, which governs the country. Kim had previously called for the United States to offer further concessions before any further progress; the U.S. government had refused.

Despite temporarily suspending joint drills with South Korea, the United States has recently resumed them and continued to levy sanctions on the cash-strapped north. 

Accusing the U.S. of “gangster-like demands,” Kim went on to state that “under such condition, there is no ground for us to get unilaterally bound to the commitment any longer, the commitment to which there is no opposite party, and this is chilling our efforts for worldwide nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.”

Before heading to Florida for New Year celebrations, President Donald Trump seemed largely unconcerned. He said that he believes that Kim is “a man of his word” and will abide by his stated intentions during the meeting of the two in Singapore back in June 2018.

The current situation points to a probable outcome whereby the cycle of threats, pledges and non-progress will likely continue.