North Korea Calls U.S. Diplomatic Posture ‘Regrettable’

North Korea Calls U.S. Diplomatic Posture ‘Regrettable’

North Korea Calls U.S. Diplomatic Posture ‘Regrettable’

Pyongyang has voiced its regret over America's attitude during high-level talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and accused Washington of seeking unilateral and forced denuclearization from North Korea.

Pompeo spoke after emerging from more than eight hours of talks over two days with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's right-hand man, Kim Yong-choi, in a Pyongyang diplomatic compound.

Following Pompeo's remarks before departing Pyongyang, North Korea's foreign ministry said the talks with Pompeo were "regrettable" and accused the US of making unilateral demands for denuclearization, The Associated Press reports.

According to the North Korean official, the outcome of the follow-up talks led to a "dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm".

"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", said the statement, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

However, the Foreign Ministry said, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un still wanted to build on the "friendly relationship and trust" forged with President Trump during their summit meeting in Singapore on June 12 and he had written a personal letter to Trump, which was handed to Pompeo to deliver. "But this expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be gullible".

In practical terms, Pompeo said 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.

Afterwards, Mr Pompeo gave little away about the talks' content, but he said they had discussed at length a timeline for disarmament, including the destruction of a missile engine testing facility.

"We talked about what the North Koreans are continuing to do and how it's the case that we can get our arms around achieving what Chairman Kim and President Trump both agreed to, which is the complete denuclearization of North Korea".

"We did have very serious discussions on very important matters yesterday", Kim said.

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All along, however, experts had wondered how the USA and North Korea would bridge differences that have bedeviled their talks for decades and only seemed exacerbated under Trump.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs his guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, July 7, 2018, to call President Donald Trump on a secure phone.

When asked about reports that North Korea is building up sites tied to its nuclear weapons program, Pompeo insisted that Kim Jong Un is "still committed" to complete denuclearization.

"Trump tried to sell this as a quickly achievable deal to denuclearise and now Pompeo and team are tasked with the impossible task of pushing forward on denuclearisation without a shared understanding with Pyongyang", said Stephen Nagy, a senior associate professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo. "So thinking about those discussions you might have not slept well last night".

Mr Pompeo said he "slept just fine".

Kim said he heard Pompeo was "quite pleased" with the two sides' first meeting, but dropped a warning that "there are things that I have to clarify".

Pompeo has the crucial task of dispelling growing skepticism over how seriously Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translate the upbeat rhetoric following the first meeting between leaders of the USA and North Korea into concrete action.

The spokesman said that the first high-level talks between the two countries following the summit have failed to consolidate mutual trust, only to risk undermining the North's commitment to denuclearization.

KCNA said the North also offered to discuss declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War marking next month's anniversary of the armistice agreement, but the US side showed little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses". North Korea committed at the summit to the "immediate repatriation" of remains already identified, but that hasn't happened yet.

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