Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

North Korea vents anger after United States talks

North Korea vents anger after United States talks

The Associated Press reported that, mere hours after Pompeo departed North Korea following two days of talks, Pyongyang issued a scathing statement Saturday calling the talks "regrettable" and "extremely worrisome".

At the same time the USA state department was forced to deny reports Mr Pompeo gave Kim Jong Un a CD of Elton John's Rocket Man - a playful reference to Donald Trump's nickname for the North Korean leader.

As he departed Pyongyang, Pompeo said he spent "a good deal of time" discussing a denuclearisation timeline and the declaration of North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities.

He argued instead for both sides to take a series of simultaneous steps as a "shortcut" to a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert added that this meeting will be held at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, involving working-level officials including those from the Defense Department.

It dismissed Trump's unilateral order to suspend joint United States and South Korean war games as a cosmetic and "highly reversible" measure and criticised USA negotiators who "never mentioned" the subject of bringing the 1953 Korean War to a formal end with a peace treaty.

Pompeo replied: "Director Kim, I slept just fine".

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the WEF meeting in Davos last year, and US President Donald Trump attended it this year.

North Korea's statement bashed hopes for a quick deal and is sure to fuel growing skepticism in the US over how serious Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal.

Earlier, Mr Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol both said they needed clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearise the Korean peninsula that Mr Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed to in Singapore. He is due to meet officials from allies South Korea and Japan in Tokyo also on Sunday.

However, he emphasized that the North still has trust in the US President, apparently hinting that Pyongyang wanted to keep the ongoing denuclearization talks on track.

'The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know critics will try to minimize what we have achieved, ' he said.

'If you make the Americans fight for every inch, the Americans will start measuring progress in inches - and will wind up paying by the inch.

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In the days following his historic June 12 summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore, President Donald Trump had announced that the return of the remains and the destruction of the missile facility had been completed or were in progress.

Japan's Kono thanked Pompeo and said the three allies had reaffirmed a commitment to keeping sanctions on North Korea until it abandoned nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of all ranges.

The statement rejected what it described as Washington's "gangster-like" demand for rapid nuclear disarmament.

Pompeo's visit to North Korea has led to the launch of working groups to deal with details such as verification.

It was uncertain whether Pompeo would meet with Kim Jong Un as he did on his previous trips before heading later in the day for Tokyo.

"We now have a meeting set up for July 12 - it could move by one day or two - where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains", he said. They said the USA was not following the spirit of the Kim-Trump summit, and was just making demands throughout Pompeo's visit. "Some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", he said, according to a pool report from United States reporters who accompanied him to Pyongyang.

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The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, citing unnamed Washington sources, said the "Rocket Man" CD was a gift for Kim Jong Un - a reference to Trump's former habit of insultingly referring to the North Korean as "Little Rocket Man".

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