Thursday, 19 July, 2018

North Korea says talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable'

North Korea lashes out at US calls talks'extremely regrettable US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Pentagon team would be meeting with North Korean officials for more talks
Deanna Wagner | 09 July, 2018, 16:55

"In light of the once-unimaginable prosperity and partnership we have with Vietnam today, I have a message for Chairman Kim Jong Un: President Trump believes your country can replicate this path", he said, repeating Mr Trump's pledge to help improve North Korea's economy and provide it with security assurances in return for Mr Kim giving up nuclear weapons.

Speaking in a tweet on Saturday, the Morning Joe host shared an article from The Washington Post that said North Korea had referred to the U.S.as "gangster like" in comparison to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's assessment that his two-day talks were "productive".

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".

The rhetoric issued by North Korea following the Pompeo meetings showed a return to sharp, provocative language, dangling the possibility of war if the USA continued to make demands.

In criticising the talks with Pompeo, however, the North carefully avoided attacking Trump, saying "we wholly maintain our trust toward President Trump", but also that Washington must not allow "headwinds" against the "wills of the leaders".

Apart from the trilateral meeting, Kono held separate talks with Pompeo and Kang.

Pompeo spoke after North Korea said the talks "brought us in a unsafe situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearisation, rather than consolidating trust".

Pompeo said he did not meet Kim on his latest visit to Pyongyang, as he had done twice before, and he had not anticipated doing so.

North Korea's angry reaction to the talks with Pompeo came in a Foreign Ministry statement that berated the Secretary over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and for offering no constructive steps on the U.S. side. It wasn't my language, it was the language of Chairman Kim, he committed to complete denuclearisation.

Chinese premier's visit take China-Germany ties to new heights
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks during the 7th Summit of Heads of Government of CEEC and China in Sofia , Bulgaria July 7, 2018. However, small markets in central and eastern Europe seem an unlikely target for China's efforts to compensate for lost revenues.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on Sunday.

"Realistically, the only way you get to a denuclearised North Korea is if it has a better relationship with the United States".

On the other hand, it's not clear what action it is meant to inform North Korea to take, as they've already sought a peace deal to end the Korean War, and seem quite interested in having some trade internationally.

Pompeo downplayed North Korea's accusation that the USA had made "gangster-like" demands that it abandon its nuclear program and that their talks were "regrettable". "This really shows the unwavering bond of the Japan-U.S. alliance". He left with a harsh reminder that the North Korean leader expects something in return.

According to the spokesman, the North raised the issue of a possible declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which concluded with an armistice and not a peace treaty, but the United States came up with a variety of "conditions and excuses" to delay a declaration.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on Twitter there was a danger of military action because Trump might now claim he had tried diplomacy but was betrayed by Kim.

And he said some progress had been made towards agreeing "the modalities" of North Korea's destruction of a missile facility.

'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.

Pompeo said in Tokyo he had pushed North Korea on a promise to destroy a missile engine test site.