Diplomatic disconnect with North Korea spells trouble for Trump

US North Korea To Form Working Groups On Denuclearization

While Pompeo offered a relatively positive assessment of his meetings, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the us betrayed the spirit of last month's summit between President Trump and Kim by making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on "CVID", or the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.

Mr Pompeo's meeting with Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha followed two days of talks in Pyongyang that ended yesterday.

After discussions in Pyongyang, North Korea's foreign ministry said that the U.S. was making unilateral demands aimed at forcing it into giving up its nuclear arsenal.

In practical terms, Pompeo said only that officials from both sides would meet on July 12 as a working group to discuss the repatriation of the remains of some U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The Associated Press reports that an "unnamed North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman" claims that the United States "betrayed the spirit of last month's summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by making unilateral demands" regarding denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delivered a dose of harsh reality to Donald Trump, bashing hopes for a quick denuclearization deal in a pointed rebuke to the president's top envoy while accusing the USA of making "gangster-like" demands.

The Trump administration has said it would take between 1 and 2 1/2 years to dismantle North Korea's nuclear program.

"On this trip I'm seeking to fill in some details on these commitments and continue the momentum towards implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world", Pompeo said.

In an exchange in front of reporters before the meeting, Kim asked Pompeo if he had slept well and the U.S. Secretary said he had. He stressed there was still more work to be done in other areas, much of which would be done by working groups that the two sides had set up to deal with specific issues.

He added "stray comments" are commonplace after such meetings and cited media coverage as the reason for the discrepancy between his assessment of the talks and the comments made by North Korea's Foreign Ministry.

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"If they are able to do this, they will be remembered, and Chairman Kim will be remembered, as a hero of the Korean people", Mr Pompeo said. "I really believe that he sees a different future for North Korea", Trump told reporters.

"We had anticipated the United States side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", the statement said, warning its "resolve for denuclearisation. may falter". Another meeting is scheduled between the US and North Korea on July 12 at the Demilitarized Zone, with the Department of Defense to take the lead on those talks.

Leaked US intelligence findings concluded that North Korea does not intend to give up its nuclear programme completely.

Pompeo said the two sides agreed to hold discussions on July 12 on repatriation, and also discussed "modalities" for the destruction of a missile engine testing facility.

And though Pompeo said there's still more work to be done, . he was confident that North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un are still equally committed in achieving denuclearization. He said he is "hopeful" there will be a "path forward" in negotiations with North Korea.

The North statement contradicted the version of events given by Pompeo just hours before.

"And to our North Korean friends, I can't say the word friend yet".

Pompeo told reporters the countries had "made progress on nearly all the central issues".

Speaking later to members of the US-Vietnamese business community in Hanoi, Mr Pompeo called on Mr Kim to replicate Vietnam's "miracle" of economic growth by improving ties with the US, vowing that America keeps its promises with former foes.

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