Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

North Korea reminds Trump its nuclear weapons won't come cheap

North Korea reminds Trump its nuclear weapons won't come cheap

The Chammae-1 flight comes less than a week after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea for talks about denuclearization, with both sides walking away with differing opinions on how it turned out, CNN reported.

Pompeo was in North Korea over the weekend meeting with officials, not Kim himself, to discuss the return of the remains of US soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and to further press for the dismantling of a North Korean missile engine test site.

Pompeo's third trip to North Korea, which he has visited more than any other country during his tenure as secretary, was supposed to turn these promises into actual results. Following the trip, North Korean media lambasted what they called a "gangster-like" approach from the United States, promising they would not unilaterally disarm without getting anything in return.

Before events in Pyongyang had concluded, Nauert told reporters that Pompeo had been "very firm" in insisting that North Korea fulfills its commitment to "complete denuclearisation".

The lawmaker's comments come one-day after North Korea criticized the US for their push for denuclearization.

Pompeo was under increased pressure to show progress after reports that Kim expanded his nuclear weapons production in the run up the Singapore summit.

During that meeting, leaders will also address the destruction of a missile-testing facility in North Korea, which was first brought up during the summit in Singapore.

The North openly expressed disappointment over what he put forward during a hourslong bargaining with Kim Yong-chol, a top North Korean official, on Thursday and Friday.

The statement was carried by the official KCNA news agency on Saturday soon after Pompeo left Pyongyang, raising questions about the future of talks in which he is trying to persuade Pyongyang to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States.

After meeting with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Tokyo, Pompeo said his two days of talks in Pyongyang had been productive and conducted in good faith.

Some North Korean media statements have suggested that "denuclearization" would require the complete removal of American assets from Asia, as the United States is a nuclear power.

"If those requests were "gangster-like" then the world is a gangster, because there was a unanimous decision at the U.N. Security Council about what needs to be achieved", the secretary said in the first USA response to the North's assertion that added to skepticism over future negotiations.

That said, Trump still intends for the CD "to be given at a different period".

3 - How do you think the U.S.'s worsening relationship with China will affect the issues surrounding North Korea?

That clearly remains a point of contention with North Korea.

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