North Korea talks sidelining human rights: United Nations rapporteur

Howard TerryJul 10, 2018

Despite the criticism, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the country's leader, Kim Jong-un, still wanted to build on the "friendly relationship and trust" forged with President Trump during their summit meeting in Singapore on June 12.

The North Korean talks process with the United States and South Korea is sidelining the human rights of Pyongyang's oppressed citizens, the United Nations's top official on the issue said Monday (Jul 9).

"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", said the statement, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

"There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearization, that's what President Trump and Chairman Kim both agreed to", he said Sunday.

Asked if he discussed any timetable or declaration of nuclear and missile facilities in the North, Pompeo only said he discussed a lot of issues with the North Korean officials and that there is "still much work to do to establish a precise time line". At the summit, Mr. Kim committed to complete denuclearization in return for USA security guarantees.

"The settlement of outstanding issues surrounding North Korea, including nuclear, missile and abduction, will be extremely important to Japan, and that will also be extremely important for regional peace and stability", Abe said at the outset of the talks.

Pompeo, who was on his third visit to Pyongyang, began the outreach when he was still Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director and remained the pointman on negotiations after the process became public and he became secretary of state.

"We had anticipated the U.S. side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", the North Korean statement said, warning its "resolve for denuclearisation. may falter".

"The Kim regime wouldn't want to be seen as if they were somehow being pressured to cave in to the US' demands", he said.

In Tokyo on Sunday, Pompeo rejected the suggestion the two sides were far apart, describing North Korean officials as more receptive to United States demands behind closed doors. He and the head of the North Korean negotiating team, Kim Yong Chol, cracked jokes during a working dinner, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. 'If I paid attention to the press, I'd go nuts'.

In fact, near the end of the statement, KCNA quoted the spokesman as saying "we still cherish our good faith in President Trump".

"Some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", said Pompeo, according to a pool report from usa reporters who accompanied him to Pyongyang. "Some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", he said.

The North's statement, coming so soon after Pompeo's trip, was sure to fuel growing skepticism in the United States over how serious Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal.

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake", he posted.

Speaking later to members of the US-Vietnamese business community in Hanoi, Mr Pompeo called on Mr Kim to replicate Vietnam's "miracle" of economic growth by improving ties with the US, vowing that America keeps its promises with former foes. If not, his high-stakes North Korea gambit could join a long list of failed nuclear deals with Pyongyang.

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