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Pompeo shrugs off 'gangster' rebuke from North Korea

Mike Pompeo meets with Kim Yong Chol for a second day of talks at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang North Korea Pompeo shrugs off 'gangster' rebuke from North Korea
Bennie Garza | 10 July, 2018, 02:56

After their meeting last month in Singapore, the two leaders.

Pompeo said a Pentagon team would be meeting with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working-level talks would be held soon on the destruction of North Korea's missile engine testing facility.

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

North Korea had expressed regret on Saturday over the attitude of U.S. negotiators during talks between the country and Pompeo in Pyongyang last week to work out details on how to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula as agreed to by their leaders in their recent summit meeting. "I am determined to achieve the commitment that President Trump made, and I'm counting on chairman Kim to be determined to follow through on the commitment that he made".

While his talks with North Korean officials were conducted in good faith and they reaffirmed their commitment to abandoning nuclear weapons, he said, the United States sanctions against the nation will remain in place.

Speaking privately, United States officials suggested the North Korean statement was a negotiating tactic.

Pompeo also told Kono he had raised in the talks in Pyongyang, which ended Saturday, the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea, a major sticking point for Japan in its relations with North Korea.

"We agreed to the denuclearisation of North Korea", he said in the tweet.

"The issues the USA side insisted on during the talks were the same cancerous ones that the past US administrations had insisted on", it added. The ministry said Mr. Kim had written a personal letter to Mr. Trump, reiterating that trust. 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.

"It made absolutely no sense to link China's role on the peninsula issue and the discrepancies of public statements between North Korea and the US" after Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang, she said.

While few think that the world would be better off with increased tensions between the US and North Korea - except perhaps national security adviser John Bolton - Trump's pathetic attempts at diplomacy have squandered an actual opportunity to move toward long-term peace.

Pompeo downplayed the "gangster" accusations at a press conference in Tokyo with the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan.

"We had detailed, substantive conversations about the next steps toward a fully verified and complete denuclearization", he said.

As diplomatic engagement increases contact between the two Koreas and reduces hostility across the border, authorities may be anxious ordinary North Koreans might view the South favorably.

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, Pompeo insisted that Pyongyang did not have an issue with the idea of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization despite the North Korean Foreign Ministry singling out the phrase in its statement.

Robert Gallucci, formerly a U.S. ambassador-at-large and chief United States negotiator with North Korea in 1994, agreed that expectations for peace after the Singapore summit were overblown.

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