North Korea says U.S. 'gangster-like' over denuclearisation

North Korea says U.S. 'gangster-like' over denuclearisation

North Korea says U.S. 'gangster-like' over denuclearisation

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

Asked to respond to the KCNA comment, Pompeo said he is only trying to implement what was agreed by Trump and Kim in Singapore and demands made in resolutions by the United Nations Security Council, which has called for the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" dismantling of the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed a North Korean report that described his recent meetings with a North Korean official as "regrettable".

One hoped-for breakthrough would be the return of the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War.

U.S. negotiators and their North Korean counterparts discussed the idea of Pyongyang making a full declaration of its weapons of mass destruction stockpiles and setting a timeline for giving them up, Pompeo said on Saturday.

Before Pompeo's visit, USA officials had named the missile test engine site that the North Koreans agreed to destroy - a commitment that was also made at the Singapore summit.

It dismissed Trump's unilateral order to suspend joint USA and South Korean war games as a cosmetic and "highly reversible" concession and criticised USA negotiators who "never mentioned" the subject of bringing the 1953 Korean War to a formal end with a peace treaty.

Some analysts think North Korea is trying to drag out talks in hopes that the USA will come around to accepting it as a nuclear weapons state, perhaps in a limited form that couldn't threaten the U.S. mainland directly.

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.

The U.S. delegation, led by Pompeo, included U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center Andrew Kim. 'If I paid attention to the press, I'd go nuts'.

"Our policy hasn't changed, ' she said when asked why USA officials appear in public comments to have backed away from early demands that an agreement must cover "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization'".

So, if I were President Trump, I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute. He stressed, however, that "there's still more work to be done' in other areas, much of which would be done by working groups that the two sides have set up to deal with specific issues". He said he is "hopeful" there will be a "path forward" in negotiations with North Korea.

Secretary Pompeo called the talks "productive" while North Korea accused the USA of acting like a "gangster" with its demands.

Pompeo insists there were no expressions of anger during the meeting, yet North Korea clearly had some serious problems with what took place, terming the whole visit "regrettable". "But this expectation and hope of ours was so naive as to be gullible", the statement said.

"In principle the interests that the president of the United States has shown is that they want to denuclearise North Korea so their territory is not in danger, and that of course is something that has to do with their own interests", Ojea Quintana told AFP in Seoul.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reacting to the provocative statement from North Korea, said that if Washington's demands were "gangster-like", then the world is a gangster.

Earlier, Mr Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol both said they needed clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearise the Korean peninsula that Mr Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed to in Singapore.

That change raised suspicion that the USA was softening its demands for the country, an argument that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had insisted on Friday wasn't true. "It can be your miracle in North Korea as well".

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