USA secretary of state unconcerned over 'gangster-like' N Korea talks
Jul 10, 2018, 04:10
"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster", said Pompeo, noting that USA demands for North Korea to denuclearize were supported by a consensus among U.N. Security Council members.
CVID stands for complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear programme, an oft-cited demand by Washington for Pyongyang.
He added that his two days of talks with senior North Korean officials had "made progress" and included a "detailed and substantive discussion about the next steps towards a fully verified and complete denuclearisation".
"It seems that those who are negotiating are losing sight of this important thing, which is would this process benefit at the end the people living in North Korea", said Tomas Ojea Quintana, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on human rights in the North.
Pompeo later dismissed those comments, saying the two sides "made progress" and that talks will continue.
Even so, the U.S. envoy yesterday insisted again that he thought the talks were "in good faith and productive". I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same, ' Pompeo said, using the initials for North Korea's official name. Kim Yong Chol delivered that letter by hand and met with Mr. Trump for about two hours.
"Kim can afford to play hardball because it's clear to him that Trump, who has already told Americans they can sleep soundly because the threat is now over, badly wants a deal", Russel said.
For now, those results must remain in the future.
In a statement released by an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman, Pyongyang accused the United States of betraying the spirit of last month's summit between Donald Trump and Kim by making "one-sided and robber-like" demands on "CVID" - the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea.
In practical terms, Pompeo mentioned 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.
His third visit to North Korea was meant to hash out the nitty-gritty of how to implement the joint declaration inked in Singapore on June 12 by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission.
President Trump said he has "confidence" North Korea's leader will abide by their agreement to denuclearize despite the regime's comments characterizing USA behavior in the ongoing negotiations as "gangster-like".
Doubts surfaced soon after the summit with satellite images showing continued work on North Korea's nuclear facilities and missile factories. He added, "While we are encouraged by the progress of these talks, progress alone does not justify the relaxation of the existing sanctions regime".
U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert tweeted that Pompeo spoke briefly before leaving Pyongyang. You see, Kim Jong Un likes good TV too.
But fissures have emerged in the USA stance.
Pompeo, who has now made three visits 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.
"Some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", said Pompeo, according to a pool report from us reporters who accompanied him to Pyongyang.
She said the two sides had also discussed the return of the remains of American troops killed during the Korean War.
"I am determined to achieve the commitment that President Trump made, and I'm counting on chairman Kim to be determined to follow through on the commitment that he made", Pompeo said.
And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. The President conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates.
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