Pompeo Says North Korea Talks Were Productive, Pushes Back on Criticism

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Kim Yong Chol second from right in Pyongyang on July 7

Pompeo sought to dispel suggestions that the Trump administration has backed down from demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang last week for talks with North Korean officials to try to work out those details, meetings the regime later called "regrettable" while accusing the USA of being "gangster-like".

However, the North Korean Foreign Ministry later released a lengthy statement that criticized the USA focus on nuclear weapons. "(It) will take place at the border and that process will begin to develop over the days that follow", he said as he boarded his plane for Tokyo. They buy $100 billion from us.

"And so if those requests were 'gangster-like, '" Pompeo added, "then the world is a gangster because there was a unanimous decision at the U.N. Security Council about what needs to be achieved". "If I paid attention to the press, I'd go nuts and I refuse to do that".

Analysts have cautioned of a hard road ahead given decades of hostility, unkept promises, and the widespread belief, shared by US intelligence agencies, that North Korea would never give up the nuclear weapons it sought for so long.

"We expected that the US side would come with productive measures conducive to building trust in line with the spirit of the North-US summit and (we) considered providing something that would correspond to them", the spokesman said. But he added there remains work to be done. "The choice now lies with North Korea and its people".

The countries did agree this weekend to set up a working group to iron out further disagreements and to meet Thursday to discuss recovering the remains of U.S. military personnel killed during the Korean War.

In a speech on Sunday in Vietnam, Pompeo urged North Korea to follow the example of Vietnam, saying he believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi's path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.

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Professor Yang Moo-Jin at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul said Pyongyang's criticism was aimed at driving a wedge between Trump and his top officials.

Abe has made it a priority to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s and has expressed a willingness to hold direct talks with North Korea even as questions remain over what a potential summit will yield.

He also raised an argument GOP Sen.

President Trump hinted Monday that the Chinese government may be meddling in bilateral negotiations between the United States and North Korea; saying Beijing may be "exerting negative pressure" as Pyongyang aims to denuclearize.

It fell to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to get the talks going last week.

After Trump's historic summit with Kim in Singapore last month, the president declared the North was no longer a threat and would hand over the remains of American soldiers. It said the USA side had shown little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses".

According to the source, the lecturer said South Korean society is polarized between rich and poor and South Koreans are "dominated by money".

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