Why North Korea is suddenly acting out

10 July, 2018, 08:44 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Mike Pompeo meets with Kim Yong Chol for a second day of talks at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang North Korea

He said North Korea understood that denuclearization must be "fully verified" and "final". "If I paid attention to what the press said, I'd go nuts".

-North Korea talks, the government also suggested it was taking a cautiously optimistic view of events.

Pompeo was speaking at a business event in Hanoi, Vietnam, after completing a two-day trip to Pyongyang where he met with North Korean officials to discuss the details of a summit agreement between US President Donald Trump and Kim.

The ministry added: "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 were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures".

A letter from Kim to Trump was also delivered to Pompeo through Kim Yong-chol, a top North Korean party official. "The issues the USA side insisted on at the talks are all roots of troubles, which the previous administrations also had insisted on to disrupt the dialogue processes, stoke the distrust and increase the danger of war".

However, the statement also appeared to separate North Korea's annoyance with the US from its relationship with Trump himself.

Pompeo, who didn't even meet with Kim Jong-un, was firmly rebuked for the administration's demands that North Korea unilaterally denuclearize.

"When we spoke to them about denuclearization, they did not push back", Pompeo told a news conference after two days of talks in Pyongyang that ended on Saturday.




South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that North Korea had balked at a written pledge for "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" for historical reasons but stressed that the goal remained the same whether that exact phrase was used. -North Korea talks, as both sides were coming to the table with fundamentally different views of what they were bargaining with.

The North Korean leader says he is committed to denuclearisation, but how this will be achieved is unclear. "But this expectation and hope of ours was so naive as to be gullible", the statement said.

Some analysts and lawmakers have expressed alarm that the talks appear to have run into difficulties, although others see a possible North Korean negotiating ploy.

A former top US diplomat for Asia, Daniel Russel, said the setback was to be expected and warned Trump he is engaged in a long negotiation that would not produce easy quick, made for television results that the president likely wants.

The administration worked for months to win China's support for its "maximum pressure" campaign of sanctions to isolate North Korea, which does most of its worldwide trade with the Chinese.

"We still cherish our good faith in President Trump".

It was Mr Pompeo's first visit to the North since last month's summit between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump.

Unlike Pompeo, who dismissed North Korea's criticism and reiterated the importance of "maintaining maximum pressure" of sanctions against Pyongyang, Trump said China, North Korea's biggest diplomatic and economic supporting, could be influencing Kim. But for political considerations, including the fight for control of Congress in November elections, would Trump make a deal?

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