North Korea says U.S. are like 'gangsters' after 'regrettable' nuclear talks

Pauline Gross
July 8, 2018

Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs, Pompeo spent the night at a government guest house in Pyongyang after a three-hour dinner with Kim Yong Chol, something the North Korean official alluded to in comments as they began their talks.

In Tokyo, Pompeo briefed his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the talks, and sought to reassure them that the dialogue with North Korea would continue.

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.

In a statement issued by a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman and carried by the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea lashed out at the United States for seeking "unilateral and forced denuclearisation" from Pyongyang. However, contrary to South Korean media reports, Nauert said Pompeo did not leave Kim a CD with the Elton John song "Rocket Man" - a nickname Trump has used to refer to Kim.

The "fastest way" to achieve a nuclear-free Korean peninsula was through a phased approach under which both sides took steps at the same time, KCNA said in a statement, citing an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman.

"But through the high-level talks, the trust between the DPRK and the United States is facing a unsafe situation where our resolve for denuclearisation, which has been firm and steadfast, may falter".

"There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearization, it's what President Trump and Chairman Kim both agreed to", he added. Trump has declared on Twitter that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat. But he maintains progress is being made. It contradicted statements made earlier by Pompeo, who signaled the visit made "progress on nearly all of the central issues". That made the North Korean description of those talks as "deeply regrettable" only hours later even more stinging. What denuclearization may look like remains unclear. "So why wouldn't Kim Jong Un dig in his heels with Pompeo and press his advantage?"

In stark contrast, Pyongyang's take was overwhelmingly negative, with the North warning that the future of the peace process was being jeopardised by overbearing United States demands for its unilateral nuclear disarmament.

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She said the two sides had also discussed the return of the remains of American troops killed during the Korean War.

"I think we made progress in every element of our discussions", he said, according to a pool report from usa reporters who accompanied him to Pyongyang. "We now have a meeting set up for July 12 - it could move by one day or two - where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains", he said.

"We still cherish our good faith in President Trump", the spokesman said.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met North Korean leaders in Pyongyang for two days of talks.

Pompeo met for almost three hours Friday with a senior North Korean official in Pyongyang to nail down specifics of commitments on denuclearization made at Trump's summit with Kim.

The spokesman, apparently rejecting the USA demand, reiterated Pyongyang's call for a "phased" and "synchronous" approach, saying that it would be the fastest way to denuclearize.

The U.S. envoy did not meet with North Korea's leader during this round of talks, but the U.S. State Department said he arrived bearing a letter from Trump addressed to Kim Jong Un.

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