Pompeo dismisses claim of 'gangster-like' North Korea talks

Pompeo dismisses claim of 'gangster-like' North Korea talks

Pompeo dismisses claim of 'gangster-like' North Korea talks

Mr Pompeo said there was still a lot of work to do, but he was confident the North Korean leader would stick to a commitment to abandon nuclear weapons he made during a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore last month.

"These are complicated issues, but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues, some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", he said.

In his Monday tweet, Trump also raised concerns about China's commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, suggesting it could have waned because of a trade war that has broken out between the United States and China.

Before Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol dove into Saturday's long day of negotiations, Kim Yong Chol made some snarky comments as he sat with Pompeo in front of cameras.

A letter from Kim to Trump was also delivered to Mr. Pompeo through Kim Yong Chol, a top North Korean party official and former spy agency chief, who with Mr. Pompeo played a key role in arranging the unprecedented summit in Singapore.

However, the North Korean Foreign Ministry later released a lengthy statement that criticized the US focus on nuclear weapons.

The North's statement, coming so soon after Pompeo's trip, was sure to fuel growing skepticism in the USA over how serious Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal.

"It appears that North Korean officials have traveled there to make preparations for Kim's possible participation in the Eastern Economic Forum to be held in Vladivostok this September".

"I think it was a pretty bad start to the process, but it doesn't mean it's over yet", said Hill, noting that North Korea talks were tough by nature. However, he left with a harsh reminder that the North Korean leader expects something in return.

Pompeo, who is now in Tokyo, is expected to meet with Japanese and South Korean counterparts to brief them on his visit. "This really shows the unwavering bond of the Japan-U.S. alliance", Abe said.

That change raised suspicion that the U.S. was softening its demands for the country, an argument that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had insisted on Friday wasn't true.

The trip was Mr Pompeo's third to Pyongyang since April and his first since the summit, but unlike others he did not see leader Kim Jong-Un.

"I was there for the event", Pompeo said Sunday.

Pompeo said the North Korea diplomats "did not push back" in his discussions with them in Pyongyang.

There was no immediate explanation of what needed to be clarified but the two sides have been struggling to specify what exactly "denuclearization' would entail and how it could be verified to the satisfaction of the United States". "We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea".

Mike Pompeo has shrugged off North Korea's assessment of the latest denuclearisation talks as being "gangster-like".

The criticism, published on North Korea's government-run Uriminzokkiri website, said Washington should stop provoking the North with an "anachronistic human rights racket' at a time of diplomatic attempts to improve ties".

"The delegation is to take part in the first DPRK-U.S. high-level talks for implementing the joint statement adopted and made public at the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks", KCNA said in an English-language report.

North Korea called the outcome of the discussion "worrisome" and argued that the "cancerous issues" the United States delegation raised were the same ones that had "amplified" distrust and the risk of war with past administrations, resulting in previous talks ending in failure.

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