Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

North Korea says USA position on denuclearization "regrettable" after Pompeo talks

North Korea says USA position on denuclearization

A statement from a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said: "The high-level talks this time brought us in a unsafe situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust between the DPRK and the U.S".

North Korea's characterization of the discussions as "regrettable" is at odds with that of Pompeo, who said before leaving Pyongyang Saturday that the two sides had made "a great deal of progress".

Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the state department, tweeted a number of photos during the talks, including one of a beaming Mr Pompeo pictured after the final meeting.

The remarks exposed the fragility surrounding discussions at the center of President Trump's foreign policy, raising questions about Pyongyang's intentions and whether the Foreign Ministry's statement represents a temporary outburst or if it signified a deeper misunderstanding between the two negotiating teams.

Following two days of diplomatic talks in North Korea, Pompeo told reporters this morning that "a good deal of time" had been spent discussing a timeline for slowing down nuclear ambitions.

Pompeo reiterated that Trump was "committed to a brighter future for North Korea".

In practical terms, Pompeo mentioned only that officials from both sides would meet on July 12 to discuss the repatriation of the remains of some USA soldiers killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The danger now is that if happens if Trump finds that North Korea isn't willing to bend to his most unrealistic demands, the countries could find themselves in an even more unstable position than where they started.

The "fatally mistaken" if it thinks North Korea can be pressured into accepting its demands, the statement continued, adding that a breakdown in the North Korean-U.S. relationship would mean "there is no guarantee that this will not result in yet another tragedy".

Pompeo's visit represents the highest-level meeting between United States and North Korean officials since Trump and Kim Jong-un held their unprecedented summit in Singapore on June 12.

"He didn't leave anything behind other than a letter", Ms Nauert said.

He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.

Mike Pompeo has shrugged off North Korea's assessment of the latest denuclearisation talks as being "gangster-like".

Pompeo did not meet with the North Korean leader during his visit and did not secure a shared understanding of the path to denuclearization.

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

US President Donald Trump granted Kim Jong-un a number of concessions after a historic summit on June 12 in Singapore, promising to temporarily end bi-annual military exercises with South Korea.

Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, dictator Kim Jong Un's top adviser and North Korea's former spy chief, exchanged pleasantries before the second meeting between the two countries.

The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, citing unnamed Washington sources, said the "Rocket Man" CD was a gift for Kim Jong Un - a reference to Trump's former habit of insultingly referring to the North Korean as "Little Rocket Man".

Officials from the two sides would meet next week in Panmunjom, on the border between the two Koreas, to discuss the return of the remains of the some 7,000 USA soldiers still listed as missing in action since the 1950-53 Korean War. "Some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", he said, according to a pool report from usa reporters who accompanied him to Pyongyang. They said the U.S. was not following the spirit of the Kim-Trump summit, and was just making demands throughout Pompeo's visit.

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