North Korea lashes out at US, calls talks 'extremely regrettable'

REUTERS  Joshua Roberts

REUTERS Joshua Roberts

While Pompeo offered a relatively positive assessment of his meetings, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the usa betrayed the spirit of last month's summit between President Trump and Kim by making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on "CVID", or the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.

The top USA diplomat, visiting the Vietnamese capital after two days of talks in Pyongyang aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program, said 23 years of normalized us relations with Vietnam should be proof to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the us can create new ties with former foes.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thought the two-day discussions were "very productive" while a North Korean spokesperson has labeled them "regrettable".

On Saturday, the North's official KCNA news agency said the result of talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was "extremely troubling", accusing it of insisting on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

She stressed that US policy hasn't changed, but did not explain why they're not using the phrase "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" - a phrase Pompeo himself used leading up to the historic summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump in Singapore on June 12.

Today, Japan's Mr Kono thanked Mr Pompeo and said the three allies had reaffirmed a commitment to keeping sanctions on North Korea until it abandoned nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of all ranges. If I paid attention to what the press said, I'd go nuts, and I refuse to do that.

Sarah Clarke, reporting from South Korea's capital, Seoul, said that North Korea appeared to be unhappy following the high-level talks. "Some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done". Republican Senator Joni Ernst, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said joint military exercises with South Korea that were suspended to show goodwill towards North Korea should be resumed "soon" if denuclearisation talks sputter.

"You can not negotiate with North Korea and have them not play you", said the RAND Corp.'s Bruce Bennett, a veteran North Korea watcher.




"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".

However, the president has since renewed sanctions on North Korea, while USA intelligence officials have said there is evidence North Korea continues to upgrade the infrastructure for its nuclear and missile programmes.

The North's statement said officials had presented Mr. Pompeo with a personal letter to Mr. Trump to convey hopes that the "magnificent relations and feelings of trust" between the two leaders would be reinforced in further talks. -North Korea summit in Singapore, President Donald Trump declared the North was no longer a threat and would hand over the remains of American soldiers. Pompeo, however, said more talks were needed on both.

As Mr. Pompeo departed Pyongyang, he told reporter that the talks achieved progress "on nearly all of the central issues" in the talks, including on setting a timeline for its denuclearisation, though more work remained to be done.

"There are things that I have to clarify as well", Pompeo responded.

"Our expectation is exactly what the President and Kim Jong Un agreed to and the Singapore Summit, and that's the denuclearization of North Korea", Nauert said Saturday.

Since the June 12 summit, North Korea has worked to upgrade its nuclear facilities, a matter that Pompeo said he had raised in the meetings. He said he is "hopeful" there will be a "path forward" in negotiations with North Korea.

Kang In-sung, a Washington-based correspondent for the widely read conservative publication, had quoted an unnamed diplomatic source who said that Trump had signed a copy of the CD for Kim, as the North Korean leader had asked about the song during their meeting in Singapore last month.

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