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North Korea: Talks With Pompeo Were 'Regrettable' - Timothy Meads

North Korea: Talks With Pompeo Were 'Regrettable' - Timothy Meads

A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized the United States' "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization" and suggested the talks "brought us in a unsafe situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust between the DPRK and the U.S". Switzerland has expressed a willingness to host the talks between North Korea and the US.

Pompeo told reporters the countries had "made progress on nearly all the central issues".

Pompeo's visit represents the highest-level meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials since Trump and Kim Jong-un held their unprecedented summit in Singapore on June 12.

"However, the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting (between the countries) was no doubt regrettable", the spokesman said.

"We had anticipated the U.S. side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", the North Korean statement said, warning its "resolve for denuclearisation. may falter".

Meanwhile, North Korea says it disagrees with the US calls for denuclearization, and called the discussions with Pompeo very concerning.

And it did so in stark terms, according to a statement relayed by the KCNA state news agency.

The task of establishing the disarmament program now falls to Pompeo, who is seeking a formal declaration by the North of the size of its nuclear program, as well as an eventual timetable for it to be ended under global verification and inspection.

A failure in the talks would amount to an embarrassment for Pompeo, whom Trump tasked with leading the negotiations and who had said repeatedly that Kim Jong Un was ready to commit to something no North Korean government had delivered on in decades.

Pyongyang noted that it had already destroyed a nuclear test site - a concession that Trump has already publicly hailed as a victory for peace - and lamented that Pompeo had proved unwilling to match this with U.S. concessions.

Kim made a broad commitment in Singapore to "work toward denuclearization" but did not give details on how or when he would dismantle North Korea's nuclear program. On Saturday, Pyongyang lambasted Washington, accusing it of seeking unilateral and forced denuclearization from North Korea.

Pompeo said North Korea had confirmed it meant to destroy a missile-engine testing facility and the two sides discussed the "modalities" of what that would look like. "These are complicated issues but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues".

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He admitted "there's still more work to be done" in other areas.

The statement came hours after Pompeo departed after meetings led by Kim Yong Chol, a senior aide to Kim. "When we spoke to them about the scope of denuclearization, they did not push back", Pompeo told the press conference.

"They have gotten the USA to back off military exercises, back off using "CVID", back off the "Libya model" of rapid denuclearisation, back off on human rights, and to look the other way while China relaxes sanctions implementation".

Mr Pompeo did not meet Mr Kim.

The motorcade carrying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drives towards Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 6, 2018.

Pompeo said on Twitter after he met Kono he was in Tokyo to discuss the US alliance with Japan and maintaining "maximum pressure" on North Korea, an expression Trump's administration had backed away from after the Singapore summit.

The threat comes just a few weeks after Mr Trump said a process of "total denuclearisation has already started" and that North Korea was blowing up four of its big test sites.

Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., told the Herald that Americans shouldn't hold their breath on the concept of North Korean disarmament - Kim isn't letting go of his missiles for anything short of a war.

North Korea called America's "attitude" toward denuclearization "regrettable" after a meeting between USA and North Korean officials.

North Korea called denuclearization talks with the U.S.

However, the spokesman said the United States had come up with a variety of "conditions and excuses" to delay a declaration on ending the war.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday urged North Korea to follow the example of Vietnam, saying President Donald Trump believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi's path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.


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