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

Pompeo lauds progress in DPRK visit, but Pyongyang says talks regrettable

Pompeo lauds progress in DPRK visit, but Pyongyang says talks regrettable

"We pushed them really hard to live up to the commitments of the president, and they may be reacting to save face", a source, who asked not to be named, told ABC News. He also admitted that the "road ahead will be hard and challenging".

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

Nauert on Saturday told reporters that Pompeo did not meet Kim during this visit to North Korea but also that they had not expected him to.

Following the high-profile summit between the us and North Korea, in which Trump and Kim took part in an historic meeting, President Trump appeared optimistic about the future of relations between the nations and spoke warmly of the talks between himself and Kim. They said the USA was not following the spirit of the Kim-Trump summit, and was just making demands throughout Pompeo's visit.

Speaking Thursday aboard Air Force One on a trip to Montana, Trump said he still believes Kim will follow through on his promise to denuclearize and that he forged a personal connection with the leader at their Singapore summit last month.

"At the same time, as long as the actions are to continue to keep economic pressure on North Korea, actions here will speak louder than words, and only those kinds of actions will ultimately bring North Korea to the place we'd like them to be", Blunt continued. "It's a very, very unrealistic plan", Sue Mi Terry, Korea an analyst for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, told Morning Edition on Friday, adding that just the process of verifying the full scope of North Korea's nuclear program "takes years, decades".

Pompeo responded in kind, "There are things that I have to clarify as well". But following the stinging commentary from the North, he allowed that much work remains.

The secretary of state said, he spent "a good deal of time" talking about a denuclearization timeline and missile facilities.

"We confirmed that security assurances will be provided to North Korea as agreed in the summit".

"And so if those requests were gangster-like, they are - the world is a gangster, because there was a unanimous decision at the U.N. Security Council about what needs to be achieved", he added.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier heaped praise on Pompeo at his residence in Tokyo. "If it's not true, then we go back to the other way, but I don't think that's going to be necessary".

After the historic U.S.

The talks were held at a large villa inside an official compound in Pyongyang, close to the imposing mausoleum where North Korea's former helmsmen Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il - the current leader's grandfather and father - lie in state.

"However, the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting [between the countries] was no doubt regrettable", the spokesman said.

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 had productive, good-faith negotiations", he added.

Pompeo said before heading to North Korea he was seeking to "fill in" details on North Korea's commitments and maintain the momentum towards implementing the agreement from the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month, according to a pool report.

USA intelligence officials told Reuters that Pompeo would try to agree on at least an initial list of nuclear sites and an inventory that could be checked against available intelligence. -North Korea talks, the government also suggested it was taking a cautiously optimistic view of events.

Those include the formation of a working group to determine exactly how North Korea's denuclearisation will be verified and a Thursday meeting with Pentagon officials to discuss the return of remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War. The terse statement, a US source said, was expected.

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