US Secretary of State says he's confident North Korea will disarm

US Secretary of State says he's confident North Korea will disarm

US Secretary of State says he's confident North Korea will disarm

North Korea's recent round of negotiations with the United States ended with harsh words from Pyongyang regarding USA demands for denuclearization, and it is likely Kim is looking toward allies like Russian Federation for support.

In Tokyo on Sunday, Pompeo rejected the suggestion the two sides were far apart, describing North Korean officials as more receptive to USA demands behind closed doors.

But "there is no difference" between the two phrases and North Korea clearly understands it, Pompeo insisted during a joint news conference in Tokyo after the trilateral meeting with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha.

It's been almost one month since President Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Sinagpore.

The comments came after Pompeo had earlier Sunday in Tokyo brushed aside North Korea's accusation that the US was making "gangster-like" denuclearization demands of the North.

Pompeo later dismissed those comments, saying the two sides "made progress" and that talks will continue.

According to tracking website Flightradar24, Kim's plane arrived in Vladivostok on Monday morning and returned to North Korea three hours later.

"We had expected that the USA side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit ..."

"North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to complete denuclearization", he said on Sunday during a visit to Japan.

Hong Kong - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Pyongyang to get Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons.

The tweet comes amid widespread speculation in Washington that Beijing and Pyongyang might in some way coordinate to increase leverage in ongoing talks with the White House.

"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should", Trump said after meeting Kim in a bid to solve the crisis over the North's nuclear weapons.

"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster", Pompeo told reporters in Tokyo, citing United Nations resolutions.

The president's comments on China appeared to reflect concern that USA imposition of punitive tariffs on Chinese imports last week could make China less cooperative in pressuring the North over its nuclear and missile programs.

Kim's wife Kim Young-hui, who is a specialist on the North at the Korea Development Bank in Seoul, concurs with his view that most of economic zones in the North remain severely underdeveloped.

Pompeo also highlighted that the economic sanctions now imposed on the North "will remain in place until final, fully verified denuclearization as agreed by Chairman Kim occurs". He said there's a "disconnect" between Trump's rhetoric and what he's actually achieved to end the nuclear threat.

Pentagon officials also plan to meet with North Koreans Thursday to discuss the return of remains of war dead, he said.

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