North Korea Rejects Washington's 'Gangster-Like' Demands

10 July, 2018, 04:09 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • It is Mr Pompeo's third trip to Pyongyang

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

There is little love lost between Scarborough and the president, with Trump previously hitting out at the presenters, dubbing them "Psycho Joe" and "low I.Q. Crazy Mika", the latter of whom he claimed "was bleeding badly from a face-lift" while visiting Mar-a-Lago around New Year's Eve. "We had productive, good-faith negotiations".

In a statement released by an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman, Pyongyang accused the U.S. 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.

Kim agreed that the work was important. He said: "I'm counting on Chairman Kim to be determined to follow through on the commitment that he made".

He noted, however, that "there are things that I have to clarify", Reuters reported.

Speaking privately, United States officials suggested the North Korean statement was a negotiating tactic. Pompeo spoke with Trump, Bolton and White House chief of staff John Kelly on Saturday before his second round of meetings with Kim Yong Chol. She said the dinner lasted an hour and 45 minutes and at times the two were "cracking jokes" and "exchanging pleasantries".

Mr Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang on Friday for a two-day visit - his third trip to the isolated state since taking the secretary of state job in April.

Nauert declined to characterize the discussions so far, but said, "We expect them to live up to their commitments".

The comments came after Pompeo had earlier Sunday in Tokyo brushed aside North Korea's accusation that the US was making "gangster-like" denuclearization demands of the North.

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

In contrast, the North Korean spokesman said "phased, simultaneous actions" are "the quickest way of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Also high on the agenda is the issue of the remains of US soldiers missing from the 1950-53 Korean War.

Washington and Pyongyang have presented differing views in recent days on progress on denuclearization following a Trump-Kim summit in June.

Both issues are considered essential tests of whether Kim is serious about talks. Two days of talks with senior North Korean officials had 'made progress, ' he said, and included a 'detailed and substantive discussion about the next steps'. At the summit, Mr. Kim committed to complete denuclearization in return for US security guarantees. "It can be your miracle in North Korea as well", Pompeo said.

That change raised suspicion that the USA was softening its demands for the country, an argument that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had insisted on Friday wasn't true.

China is North Korea's closest partner but had previously helped the US exert pressure on Kim over his nuclear program.

"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. The State Department said its policy remains unchanged.

Pompeo said more talks were needed on both.

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