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Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

After talks, NKorea accuses United States of 'gangster-like' demands

After talks, NKorea accuses United States of 'gangster-like' demands

North Korea blasted the US 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".

Pompeo downplayed North Korea's statement after the talks in which the country's foreign ministry bashed hopes for a quick deal and accused the U.S. of making "gangster-like" demands aimed at forcing it to abandon nuclear weapons.

Mr. Pompeo conducted the talks Friday as a follow-up to the June 12 summit in Singapore between President Trump and North Koran leaders Kim Jong-un.

In the letter, Kim Jong Un expressed his "expectation and conviction" that future dialogue would further consolidate the sentiments of good faith between the two leaders, KCNA said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged North Korea on Sunday to replicate Vietnam in forging a new relationship with the United States, much like Hanoi has done five decades after the Vietnam War against the U.S. ended. He stressed there was still more work to be done in other areas, much of which would be done by working groups that the two sides had set up to deal with specific issues. USA news accounts in recent days have shown pictures of what is said to be the expansion of nuclear-related buildings in North Korea.

Kim said he heard Pompeo was "quite pleased" with the two sides' first meeting, but dropped a warning that "there are things that I have to clarify". "The miracle could be yours; it can be your miracle in North Korea as well". "We're in a fight with China", he said.

Saturday saw Nauert say discussions had also involved the issue of the repatriation of USA service members who died during the Korean War.

However, the president has since renewed sanctions on North Korea, while United States intelligence officials have said there is evidence North Korea continues to upgrade the infrastructure for its nuclear and missile programmes.

But while Pompeo on Saturday painted a positive picture of the follow-up talks, North Korean officials accused the U.S. of trying to unilaterally pressure their country into abandoning its nuclear programme.

"The settlement of the outstanding issues of concern surrounding North Korea, including the nuclear, missile and abduction issues, will be extremely important for Japan and also extremely important for peace and stability in the world", Pompeo told Abe.

Pompeo replied: "Director Kim, I slept just fine".

After the Singapore summit in June, which also saw the United States promise to end military drills with South Korea, Mr Trump claimed that the North no longer posed a nuclear threat.

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. There are signs that North Korea has been expanding some missile manufacturing sites.

But, Bennett said, that doesn't mean it's a bad idea to talk to them - as long as the administration makes consequences clear and holds North Korean leadership's feet to the fire.

Japan's Abe had praised Pompeo for his strong leadership on the issue after speaking with the Secretary of State Sunday.

He added: "When we spoke to them about denuclearisation, they did not push back". Instead, Pompeo spent most of his time in meetings with his counterpart negotiator, Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief who had lightheartedly teased him about his sleep habits.

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