Talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable,' North Korea says

Howard TerryJul 08, 2018

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

It is not yet clear whether Pompeo will meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before departing Pyongyang for Tokyo where he is expected to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts.

"The U.S. just came out with such unilateral and robber-like denuclearization demands as CVID, declaration and verification that go against the spirit of the North-U.S. summit meeting", he added, calling the talks "really disappointing".

Trust between the two sides was now at a "dangerous stage" that could lead the country to falter in its commitment to give up nuclear weapons, KCNA said - adding that North Korea still trusts President Donald Trump.

"We had expected that the USA side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders" summit ... we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures, ' the statement said.

In the statement calling the U.S. stance "regrettable", the North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman quoted by KCNA said the United States is unilaterally demanding denuclearisation and trying to postpone discussion of declaring an end to the Korean War.

He also said that working level talks will begin soon on the destruction of a missile-engine testing facility.

North Korea expressed regret Saturday over the attitude of USA negotiators during their talks this week to work out details on how to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula as agreed to by their leaders in their recent summit meeting.

In contrast with meetings in Pyongyang held in April and May, the Secretary of State did not meet with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

"We did have very serious discussions on very important matters yesterday", Kim said.

The U.S. -North Korea talks are being closely watched across Asia.

When asked about the tension between the two, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "There's a lot of hard work to be done".

The tough statement comes hours after Pompeo said progress with North Korea had been made "on nearly all of the central issues" including denuclearisation, although he insisted that work still needed to be done.

Instead, Pompeo sat down with Kim Yong Chol, the country's spy chief, for three hours. "So thinking about those discussions you might have not slept well last night".

Pompeo, however, said more talks were needed on both.

After the Singapore summit, which also saw the USA offer "security guarantees" to North Korea and promise to end its military drills with South Korea, Mr Trump claimed that the North no longer posed a nuclear threat.

Pompeo left the negotiations venue to make a secure phone call to update President Donald Trump on the talks, the report said. Last week, Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said North Korea could be expected to carry out the "bulk" of denuclearisation within a year.

Kim later said that "there are things that I have to clarify" to which Pompeo responded that "there are things that I have to clarify as well".

Pompeo and Kim met for almost three hours Friday and then had dinner amid growing skepticism over how serious Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translating the upbeat rhetoric following his summit with Trump into concrete action.

A state department spokesperson said Mr Pompeo had been "very firm" in focusing on denuclearisation, as well as on security assurances and another important U.S. demand - the return of remains of USA service personnel from the Korean War.

The North's statement said officials had presented Mr. Pompeo with a personal letter to Mr. Trump to convey hopes that the "magnificent relations and feelings of trust" between the two leaders would be reinforced in further talks. North Korea committed at the summit to the "immediate repatriation" of remains already identified, but that hasn't happened yet.

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