N. Korea, U.S. differ on results of Pompeo's latest visit

N. Korea, U.S. differ on results of Pompeo's latest visit

North Korea blasted the USA on Saturday for making what it called "gangster-like" demands in meetings between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pyongyang officials, calling the attitude and stance of American officials "regrettable".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed North Korea's accusation of a "gangster-like mindset" in denuclearization talks, saying the two nations had productive conversations that will continue in the days ahead.

North Korea has accused the USA of using "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks.

While Pompeo hailed progress from the talks, the results he announced on Saturday will do little to quell unease that North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation, made when President Donald Trump met with Kim Jong-un in Singapore last month, is a facade and it has no intention of giving up its weapons.

In addition to demanding that North Korea agree to the complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of its nuclear weapons and missile programs, Abe has made the return of any abductees still in North Korea or a full disclosure of their fates a condition for providing any major economic assistance. 'If I paid attention to the press, I'd go nuts'.

The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before. 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. "There are things that I have to clarify", he said. Trump has declared on Twitter that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.

"The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know critics will try to minimize what we have achieved", he said.

Those include the formation of working group to determine exactly how North Korea's denuclearization will be verified and a Thursday meeting with Pentagon officials to discuss the return of remains of Americans soldiers killed during the Korean War. "So the work that we do the path toward complete denuclearization building a relationship between our two countries is vital for a brighter North Korea and the success that our two presidents demand of us".

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While his talks with North Korean officials were conducted in good faith and they reaffirmed their commitment to abandoning nuclear weapons, he said, the U.S. sanctions against the nation will remain in place.

In criticising the talks with Pompeo, however, North Korea carefully avoided attacking Trump, saying "we wholly maintain our trust toward President Trump", but also that Washington must not allow "headwinds" against the "wills of the leaders". North Korea committed at last month's summit to the "immediate repatriation" of remains already identified, but that hasn't happened yet.

"These are complicated issues but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues", he told reporters, according to Reuters.

But North Korea was careful not to criticize the USA president specifically, emphasizing that "we wholly maintain our trust toward President Trump".

Pompeo also told Kono he had raised in the talks in Pyongyang, which ended Saturday, the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea, a major sticking point for Japan in its relations with North Korea.

"The U.S. has to tell Kim Jong Un privately that if he thinks things aren't going well, they could go a lot worse", Bennett told the Herald yesterday. The report said Trump signed the CD and instructed Pompeo to deliver it with the personal letter.

Our correspondent at South Korea's foreign ministry, Lee Ji-won, is on the line for us.

Pompeo, however, said more talks were needed on both. We sell them $100 billion, they sell is $500 billion, we can hurt them more than they will hurt us.

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