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North Korea says U.S. are like 'gangsters' after 'regrettable' nuclear talks

09 July 2018

"There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearisation, it's what President Trump and Chairman Kim both agreed to", he added.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delivered a dose of harsh reality to Donald Trump, bashing hopes for a quick denuclearization deal in a pointed rebuke to the president's top envoy while accusing the us of making "gangster-like" demands.

The diplomatic disconnect makes it clear that the nations are not on the same page.

The North's spokesman said: "We expected that the US side would come with productive measures conducive to building trust in line with the spirit of the North-US summit and (we) considered providing something that would correspond to them".

Today, Japan's Mr Kono thanked Mr Pompeo and said the three allies had reaffirmed a commitment to keeping sanctions on North Korea until it abandoned nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of all ranges. We can hurt them more than they'll hurt us.

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".

Speaking in Tokyo after two days of intense discussions in Pyongyang, Pompeo insisted the talks were making progress and were being conducted in "good faith."

Meanwhile, North Korea lashed out at the USA shortly after Pompeo left, saying the top United States diplomat presented a "unilateral and gangster-like" demand for "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization, a longstanding U.S. goal.

"If they are able to do this, they will be remembered, and Chairman Kim will be remembered, as a hero of the Korean people".

"However, the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting (between the countries) was no doubt regrettable".

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"There will be things that take place along the way that help achieve the security assurances that the North Koreans need".

"The U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization", the statement, shared by The Post, said. "In other words, after US troops are withdrawn and U.S".

"So if were President Trump I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute". It said the USA side had shown little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, right, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, July 9, 2018.

Pompeo sought to dispel suggestions that the Trump administration has backed down from demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons. He said he is "hopeful" there will be a "path forward" in negotiations with North Korea.

The North's statement, coming so soon after Pompeo's trip, was sure to fuel growing skepticism in the US over how serious Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on Twitter there was a danger military action could be called for because Trump might now claim he had tried diplomacy but was betrayed by Kim. He had said progress was made during the talks.

Abe has made it a priority to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s and has expressed a willingness to hold direct talks with North Korea even as questions remain over what a potential summit will yield.

Trump suspended some upcoming joint drills in a goodwill gesture after his summit with Kim, causing some consternation among experts about the impact on both countries' military readiness.

North Korea says U.S. are like 'gangsters' after 'regrettable' nuclear talks