US Secretary of State in Pyongyang to seek concrete nuclear commitments

US Secretary of State in Pyongyang to seek concrete nuclear commitments

US Secretary of State in Pyongyang to seek concrete nuclear commitments

The second trilateral meeting in less than a month followed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday where he tried to work out the specifics of denuclearization with senior North Korean officials.

An unnamed spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry, in the statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, said: "The US side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearisation, just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks".

In practical terms, Pompeo said only that officials from both sides would meet on July 12 as a working group to discuss the repatriation of the remains of some United States soldiers killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The isolated nation might now waver in its "firm, steadfast" resolution to give up its nuclear program, it said.

"The United States has been clear on what we seek from North Korea.", Pompeo said.

"There are things that I have to clarify as well", said Pompeo. Trump has declared on Twitter that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.

However, the spokesman said the United States had come up with a variety of "conditions and excuses" to delay a declaration on ending the war.

Pompeo also said that there would be a meeting next week about the repatriation of remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War.

And in a pointed message to North Korea, Graham said the U.S. has more powerful weapons than sanctions to keep the rogue regime in line - if necessary.

Whether the North will set a concrete time line for denuclearization and honestly declare all of its facilities related to its nuclear and ballistic missile programs will be the very first and perhaps the most important steps for denuclearization, multiple senior officials at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo have said.

Mr Pompeo said the talks "brought us in a risky situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearisation, rather than consolidating trust".

He also said that the two have laid out a path for further negotiations at the working level so that the two teams can continue these talks.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs his guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, July 7, 2018, to call President Donald Trump on a secure phone.

Pompeo said that in past two decades, US bilateral trade with Vietnam had grown 8,000 percent, and American companies had poured in billions of dollars of investments.

"We expected that the U.S. side would come with productive measures conducive to building trust in line with the spirit of the North-U.S. summit and (we) considered providing something that would correspond to them", the spokesman said. "If they're able to do this, they will be remembered and Chairman Kim will be remembered as a hero of the Korean people".

The U.S. delegation left Pyongyang later in the day, with the Secretary of State due to hold a three-way press conference in Tokyo with South Korean and Japanese counterparts on Sunday.

North Korea's latest comments, which came after Mr Pompeo said talks had made progress, are a reminder of the difficulties that previous U.S. administrations have had negotiating with the reclusive Stalinist state and suggest that Pyongyang may not agree to any rapid denuclearisation.

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