North Korea vents anger after U.S. talks

Clay Curtis
July 8, 2018

A key aim of Mr Pompeo's two days of talks was to firm up North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation.

The statement said that Pyongyang had expected the US side to offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of their leaders' summit last month and that the North was also thinking about providing reciprocal measures. This statement came after two days of talks with North Korean officials.

Before he left Pyongyang, Pompeo said USA negotiators and their North Korean counterparts discussed the idea of a full declaration of North Korean weapons of mass destruction stockpiles, and setting a timeline for giving them up.

As Pompeo departed Pyongyang, he said he had made progress "on nearly all of the central issues" in the talks, though more work remained to be done.

Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol say goodbye as the United States envoy departs for Japan.

"People are going to make stray comments after meetings", Pompeo said.

"So thinking about those discussions you might have not slept well last night", he suggested. Kim responded that "there are things that I have to clarify as well".

Pompeo could point to no concrete achievement from the talks, aside from an agreement for the two sides to meet again around July 12 in Panmunjom, the border village between the two Koreas, to discuss returning the remains of United States soldiers from the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Pompeo told reporters Saturday that the two countries would soon hold working-level talks on the destruction of Pyongyang's missile-engine-testing facility.

"While we were hopeful there would be some sort of breakthrough, it seems both sides agreed to merely keep talking", Harry Kazianis, an Asia expert at the Center for the National Interest told the Washington Post.

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Saturday saw Nauert say discussions had also involved the issue of the repatriation of US service members who died during the Korean War.

The president previously and repeatedly referred to Kim as "Little Rocket Man" in regards to North Korea's nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile tests.

Speaking in Tokyo, Pompeo said his efforts to push the North on disarmament had the backing of the entire global community.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that North Korea had balked at a written pledge for "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" for historical reasons but stressed that the goal remained the same whether or not that exact phrase was used.

Instead, Mr Pompeo spent most of his time in meetings with his counterpart negotiator, Mr Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief who had lightheartedly teased him about his sleep habits.

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But this week's visit to the North - Pompeo's third this year - did not see him meet with Kim Jong Un, contrary to initial plans for the trip.

"The US attitude and positions at the high-level talks on Friday and Saturday were extremely regrettable", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, the Yonhap news agency in South Korea reported. "So, a very productive conversation about the process by which we will deliver on the commitments that were made in the Singapore summit".

"The North Koreans are in the game to get, not to give", said Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for East Asia until past year. When asked about the apparent tensions, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "There's a lot of hard work to be done".

The "fatally mistaken" if it thinks North Korea can be pressured into accepting its demands, the statement continued, adding that a breakdown in the North Korean-U.S. relationship would mean "there is no guarantee that this will not result in yet another tragedy".

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