North Korea lashes out at USA, calls talks 'extremely regrettable'

North Korea says it won’t bow down to “gangster-like” U.S. on denuclearization

North Korea says it won’t bow down to “gangster-like” U.S. on denuclearization

The statement said that those remarks were due to the fact that Washington had betrayed the spirit of last month's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un by making unilateral demands on the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.

Pompeo was in Vietnam's capital to meet with the Vietnamese leadership and discuss North Korea following two days of frosty talks in Pyongyang aimed at persuading leader Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear weapons.

Despite Mr Trump's confidence that Mr Kim is committed to giving up nuclear weapons, the reconciliation process between the USA and North Korea was thrown into crisis on Sunday when Pyongyang angrily rejected Washington's "unilateral and gangster-like" demand for rapid nuclear disarmament.

Mr Pompeo's meeting with Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taro Kono, and South Korean Foreign Minister, Kang Kyung-wha, followed Mr Pompeo's two days of talks in Pyongyang that ended on Saturday. He added, "While we are encouraged by the progress of these talks, progress alone does not justify the relaxation of the existing sanctions regime". "No one walked away from that, they're still equally committed, Chairman Kim is still committed".

"It seems the U.S. misunderstood our goodwill and patience", the statement said.

So it came as some surprise when North Korea's state news agency fired out a late-night missive blasting the talks, warning that "we may be shaken in our unshakeable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust".

"They're going to constantly play off the United States against China, and that doesn't strengthen our position, it weakens our position with North Korea", Wit said.

"We had expected that the USA side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit ... We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea", Trump wrote on Twitter.

"However, the attitude of the U.S. in the first high-level talks held on the 6th and 7th were indeed regrettable". "But this expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be gullible".

It said North Korea put forth several constructive proposals, including a declaration formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War, which it called "the first process of defusing tension". -South Korea "war games", and Kim saying he would disassemble his test sites, though there's been no sign that he's made any efforts to do so. 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.

The countries did agree this weekend to set up a working group to iron out further disagreements and to meet Thursday to discuss recovering the remains of United States military personnel killed during the Korean War.

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

"The fact that we're co-operating - and not fighting - is proof that when a country decides to create a brighter future for itself alongside the United States, we follow through on American promises", Pompeo said.

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