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Sanctions to remain until North Korea 'final' denuclearisation: Mike Pompeo

North Korea says it won’t bow down to “gangster-like” U.S. on denuclearization Pompeo shrugs off NKorea's 'gangster' rebuke, cites...
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 05:05

North Korea's latest comments were a reminder of the difficulties that previous US administrations had negotiating with the reclusive state.

But while Pompeo on Saturday painted a positive picture of the follow-up talks, North Korean officials accused the United States of trying to unilaterally pressure their country into abandoning its nuclear programme.

In a statement issued just hours after the two-day talks finished on Saturday, North Korea accused the U.S. side of a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization", then added, "We still cherish our good faith in President Trump".

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.

The statement shows that Kim is willing to test Trump's patience and not bargain away his arsenal without sufficient security guarantees.

'At this point, even to get the North Koreans to follow through with the return of Korean War-era MIA remains, would feel like a big win for Pompeo, even though it wouldn't affect the nuclear threat'.

He added that talks would be held soon on the destruction of North Korea's missile engine testing facility. The pledge to "work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" was listed third.

Trump and Kim agreed at their June 12 summit in Singapore that North Korea would commit to "work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula". The desire for a broader security realignment explains why Kim agreed to "denuclearisation" and not disarmament.

North Korea also accused the United States of trivializing the significance of suspending military exercises with South Korea.

Mr Pompeo said that in past two decades, U.S. bilateral trade with Vietnam had grown 8,000 per cent, and American companies had poured in billions of dollars of investments. "The North Koreans understand that and have not challenged that".

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At a press briefing on Friday in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying dismissed criticism from Washington about China's possible influence over Pyongyang in the nuclear talks.

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

However, following the stinging commentary from the North, he allowed that the goal of denuclearization would be hard and that much work remains. If not, his high-stakes North Korea gambit could join a long list of failed nuclear deals with Pyongyang.

More than 36,500 USA troops died in the conflict.

According to Graham, China is using the north to force the USA to negotiate on trade.

He added: "When we spoke to them about the scope of denuclearisation, they did not push back".

It remains to be seen what the dispute means for a diplomatic effort that Trump has credited with helping to advert a nuclear war.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on Sunday. Two days of talks with senior North Korean officials had 'made progress, ' he said, and included a 'detailed and substantive discussion about the next steps'.

In his first remarks about challenging diplomatic talks held at the weekend that sowed fresh doubts over North Korea's willingness to give up its nuclear arsenal, Trump said China "may be exerting negative pressure" in reaction to punitive USA tariffs on Chinese goods.

Last month, Kim agreed to "work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" in return for security guarantees and an end to a risky stand-off with USA forces. "We're in a fight with China", Graham told "Fox News Sunday".