North Korea slams talks with Secretary of State Pompeo as 'regrettable'

North Korea slams talks with Secretary of State Pompeo as 'regrettable'

North Korea slams talks with Secretary of State Pompeo as 'regrettable'

On Saturday, in the aftermath of a visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a North Korean statement called the USA stance on negotiations.

The meetings were meant to hammer out details toward achieving the goals in a joint statement by Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump after their summit, in which the usa would provide security commitments for North Korea in exchange for "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

The US secretary of state met with Kon Yong-chol, generally seen as Kim Jong-un's right-hand man, in Pyongyang after delivering gifts from Trump which allegedly included an Elton John CD, in a joking reference to a low point in relations when the president called the North Korean dictator "little rocket man".

"We expected that the U.S. side would come with productive measures conducive to building trust in line with the spirit of the North-U.S. summit and (we) considered providing something that would correspond to them", the spokesman said, according to the South Korean news agency, Yonhap.

North Korea has branded the USA attitude at the latest talks over its nuclear programme "regrettable" and "extremely troubling".

Pompeo also said that there would be a meeting next week about the repatriation of remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War.

On the destruction of the missile engine plant, Pompeo said, "We talked about what the modalities would look like for the destruction of that facility as well, and some progress there as well, and then we have laid out a path for further negotiation at the working level so the two teams can get together and continue these discussions".

North Korea expressed regret Saturday over the attitude of US negotiators during their talks this week to work out details on how to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula as agreed to by their leaders in their recent summit meeting.

Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs during which he has met with Kim Jong Un, Pompeo spent the night at a government guesthouse in Pyongyang and did not see the North Korean leader, although USA officials had suggested such a meeting was expected.

"We did have very serious discussion on very important matters yesterday", Kim said.


The talks are part of a broader USA initiative to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"Director Kim I slept just fine", Secretary Pompeo said.

"There is perhaps a two-to-three-month window over the summer to do so before Washington will need to return the focus back to maximum pressure", Cronin said, referring to a US -led drive to press North Korea to give up its arms programmes through tough worldwide sanctions, from which Pyongyang has been seeking relief. "So thinking about those discussions you might have not slept well last night".

President Trump may have declared diplomatic victory immediately after his cordial June meeting with Kim Jong-un.

Pompeo, who was on his third visit to Pyongyang, began the outreach when he was still Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director and remained the pointman on negotiations after the process became public and he became secretary of state.

"Chairman Kim is still committed, I had a chance to speak to President Trump this morning".

Kim did not comment on the issue of denuclearisation, saying only that there "are things I have to clarify".

Pompeo has the crucial task of dispelling growing scepticism over how seriously Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translate the upbeat rhetoric following the first meeting between leaders of the U.S. and North Korea into concrete action. Talks will also cover the possibility of recovering the remains of USA troops missing from the Korean War.

Many analysts in the U.S foreign policy community, particularly nuclear disarmament experts, had cautioned that Trump was rushing into the talks with North Korea based on undue optimism against an obdurate country which was primarily seeking status recognition from the U.S and had no intention of denuclearizing unilaterally. North Korea committed at last month's summit to the "immediate repatriation" of remains already identified, but that hasn't happened yet.

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