Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

North Korea says talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable'

North Korea says talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable'

Less than a month after President Donald Trump talked about opening "a new chapter" between the USA and North Korea, the relationship between the two nations has taken a tense and hostile, but predictable turn.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shot back against North Korea on Sunday, saying the regime's criticism that US negotiators acted in a "gangster-like" way during his two-day visit to Pyongyang was unfounded.

The diplomatic disconnect makes it clear that the nations are not on the same page.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday brushed aside North Korea's accusation of "gangster-like" denuclearization demands.

Speaking to business executives in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, Pompeo said he hoped the United States could one day share the same level of partnership with North Korea as it did with Vietnam, a long-time former enemy.

Even so, the U.S. envoy yesterday insisted again that he thought the talks were "in good faith and productive".

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Pompeo said he did not meet Kim on his latest visit to Pyongyang, as he had done twice before, and he had not anticipated doing so.

The U.S. "came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization, just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit and talks", KCNA quoted a spokesman at the North's Foreign Ministry as saying. It wasn't my language; it was the language of Chairman Kim.

"The U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization", the statement said, adding that the American attitude toward the talks had been "regrettable". "The miracle could be yours; it can be your miracle in North Korea as well".

"There will be things that take place along the way that help achieve the security assurances that the North Koreans need".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Pyongyang at the weekend to try to flesh out the process, only for the North to warn that it was being jeopardised by overbearing "gangster-like" U.S. demands. "This really shows the unwavering bond of the Japan-U.S. alliance".

President Donald Trump was accused of forcing the North Korea summit "for headlines" by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

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In the days following his historic June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Trump had announced that the return of the remains and the destruction of the missile facility had been completed or were in progress.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert tweeted that Pompeo spoke briefly before leaving Pyongyang.

In addition to demanding that North Korea agree to the complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of its nuclear weapons and missile programs, Abe has made the return of any abductees still in North Korea or a full disclosure of their fates a condition for providing any major economic assistance. "So why wouldn't Kim Jong Un dig in his heels with Pompeo and press his advantage?"

Speaking Thursday aboard Air Force One on a trip to Montana, Trump said he still believes Kim will follow through on his promise to denuclearize and that he forged a personal connection with the leader at their Singapore summit last month.

North Korean state media often carries uncompromising language, and some analysts and officials speculated the use of the term may be a negotiating tactic.

Earlier reports pointed to progress being made between the two countries, with commitments for new discussions on denuclearisation and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.

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Pompeo, who has now made three visits to Pyongyang, began the outreach when he was still Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director and remained the pointman on negotiations after the process became public and he became secretary of state.

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