Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

After talks, NKorea accuses US of 'gangster-like' demands

After talks, NKorea accuses US of 'gangster-like' demands

In a statement released by an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman, Pyongyang accused the USA of betraying the spirit of last month's summit between Donald Trump and Kim by making "one-sided and robber-like" demands on "CVID" - the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea.

The North Korean statement came in stark comparison to the hopeful words Pompeo had given reporters before boarding his plane to Tokyo, and appear to represent a setback to the process initiated between Kim and Trump last month.

The North's statement came just hours after Pompeo wrapped up two-days of talks with senior officials which he described as "productive" and "conducted in good faith".

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea on Sunday reaffirmed their unity in urging North Korea to denuclearize as promised, despite Pyongyang accusing Washington of making unilateral and "gangster-like" demands.

Though Trump claimed "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea" following the Singapore summit, USA officials cited by NBC News reported that the country is still covertly producing uranium for nuclear weapons.

Pompeo, however, did not meet with Kim Jong Un or walk away with any significant developments on moving closer to the denuclearization of North Korea. North Korean officials have yet to demonstrate that in working-level talks, the intelligence officials said. At the summit, Mr. Kim committed to complete denuclearization in return for USA security guarantees.

Less than a month after President Donald Trump talked about opening "a new chapter" between the USA and North Korea, the relationship between the two nations has taken a tense and hostile, but predictable turn.

Mr Pompeo said that in past two decades, USA bilateral trade with Vietnam had grown 8,000 per cent, and American companies had poured in billions of dollars of investments.

Nauert said Pompeo's discussions with North Korean officials also included repatriation of American Korean War remains. They buy $100 billion from us.

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.

Mr Pompeo said the talks "brought us in a risky situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearisation, rather than consolidating trust". "If I paid attention to what the press said, I'd go nuts". -North Korea summit in Singapore, President Donald Trump declared the North was no longer a threat and would hand over the remains of American soldiers.

Pompeo then sat down again with Kim Yong Chol, a top North Korean party official and former spy agency chief who played a key role with Pompeo in arranging the June 12 summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

The spokesman also downplayed the significance of the USA suspending its military exercises with South Korea, saying the North had made a larger concession by blowing up the tunnels at its nuclear test site.

North Korea has plenty of "founding anniversaries" to choose from if Xi decides he does not want to be in Pyongyang on September 9.

The US politician did not meet with North Korea's leader during this visit. "Some places a great deal of progress".

"These stumbling blocks and tactics are normal", said Duyeon Kim, a fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum.

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