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Pompeo pushes back after North Korea calls USA negotiators 'gangster-like'

Pompeo pushes back after North Korea calls USA negotiators 'gangster-like'

Japanese Foreign Ministry officials say in their meeting in Tokyo on Sunday, Pompeo gave Kono details on his latest talks with North Korea, which outlined in detail the steps toward denuclearization the U.S. expects the North to take.

Speaking in Tokyo after meeting with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Pompeo said Sunday that denuclearization will be hard and that much work remains.

Pompeo, who was in Tokyo to brief about the outcome of his latest trip to North Korea, pushed back against North Korea's criticism that the U.S. negotiators had acted in a gangster-like manner in making unilateral demand for denuclearization.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono have reconfirmed how the two nations will work together, in coordination with South Korea, in a joint effort to achieve a denuclearized North Korea.

North Korea says it is disappointed with the way the USA has conducted itself in bilateral discussions, saying that the progress made at last month's historic summit in Singapore is in danger of being eroded. "The North Koreans understand that and have not challenged that". "China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!", Trump added, in what could be a bid to shift the blame away from the North Koreans and onto China.

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"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster", says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, noting that numerous UNSC resolutions have demanded the North rid itself of nuclear weapons and end its ballistic missile programme.

North Korea's latest comments were a reminder of the difficulties that previous US administrations had negotiating with the reclusive state. For North Korea, it means the USA will abandon its decades-long guarantee to defend a non-nuclear ally South Korea, which has thus far not been discussed.

There was no immediate explanation of what needed to be clarified, but the two sides have been struggling to specify what exactly "denuclearisation" would entail and how it could be verified to the satisfaction of the United States.

The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, was in sharp contrast with the account given by Mr Pompeo as he left North Korea for Japan just hours before.

The results of talks with the delegation headed by Pompeo were "extremely troubling", the official KCNA news agency said, accusing Washington of insisting on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. "His dealings with North Korea have been a master class in self-deception".

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That incorporated exercise would be launched in October when the Hoguk field training drill takes place, the ministers said.

It was "a sacred land of the revolution", Kim said, which authorities were seeking to build "into a model of the country and fairyland of communism".

According to US media reports, Pompeo did not meet Kim during the visit, unlike his previous trips during which he had met with the DPRK's top leader. (How many contractors said the same thing about Trump!) He now claims that simply having "conversations" with North Korea is some kind of victory, because the United States has avoided war.

Doubts surfaced soon after the summit with satellite images showing continued work on North Korea's nuclear facilities and missile factories. Speaking to Fox News, Graham said that the ongoing trade war between the USA and China is the major reason for the pushback by Pyongyang.

North Korea said it offered to discuss the closure of a missile engine test site, which would "physically affirm" a move to halt the production of intercontinental range ballistic missiles, and setting up working-level discussions for the return of United States war remains. "I really believe that he sees a different future for North Korea", Trump told reporters. He alluded to an exchange between Pompeo and chief North Korean negotiator Kim Yong Chol in Pyongyang.

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


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