Pompeo dismisses claim of 'gangster-like' North Korea talks

Pompeo dismisses claim of 'gangster-like' North Korea talks

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But earlier, in Tokyo, Pompeo said sanctions will remain in place on North Korea "until final, fully verified denuclearization as agreed to by Chairman Kim occurs".

At the talks, Mr Pompeo did not meet with Mr Kim, but instead with Kim Yong-chol, who is seen as his right-hand man.

And he said some progress had been made towards agreeing "the modalities" of North Korea's destruction of a missile facility.

The secretary of state also said that despite a critical statement released by North Korea's Foreign Ministry on Saturday night, he thought the two sides had made progress during the meeting and that his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, negotiated in "good faith" during the meeting. He didn't cite any major breakthroughs. After the meetings, Pompeo admitted that certain areas of U.S.

And Pompeo was adamant that those further negotiations would go ahead.

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"These are complicated issues, but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues, some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", he said. "Other place (s) there's still more work to be done".

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters that the USA remains "very firm' in its stance that three basic goals be met: complete denuclearization of North Korea, security assurances and the repatriation of remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War".

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The president sought to address growing doubts that Pyongyang is willing to take concrete steps toward dismantling its nuclear arsenal, the subject of last month's historic summit between Trump and Kim. He and Kim Yong Chol met for almost three hours Friday and then had dinner.

In criticizing the talks with Pompeo, however, it carefully avoided attacking Trump personally, saying "we wholly maintain our trust toward President Trump, ' but stressed that Washington must not allow 'headwinds" against the 'wills of the leaders'.

Nevertheless, Mr. Pompeo left Pyongyang saying the two sides had made progress. Last month Mr. Trump incorrectly stated that the remains were already sent to the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said the Trump administration considered the meeting "very important" as the "first senior-level face-to-face meeting" between Pyongyang and Washington since June's DPRK-U.S. summit. But the short joint statement was not a detailed roadmap to disarmament and it fell to Pompeo to follow up and put meat on the bones of the sparse commitment. "This really shows the unwavering bond of the Japan-U.S. alliance", Abe said. And he said the deal he struck with Kim meant there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", and that "everybody can now feel much safer".

Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol indicated that a significant distance remains between the two sides in terms of expectations and demands.

"I saw some of the statements that came out, they were mixed, you haven't reported on that, the mixed statements, but maybe you will now".

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