North Korea Slams 'Gangster-Like' US Demands After Pompeo Visit

North Korea Slams 'Gangster-Like' US Demands After Pompeo Visit

The foreign ministry spokesman said the phased timeline was the "fastest way" to a getting rid of the nukes.

North Korea on Saturday lashed out at what it called "rapacious" USA demands, just hours after the conclusion of what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had called "productive" talks.

"So the work that we do, the path toward complete denuclearization, building a relationship between our two countries, is vital for a brighter North Korea and the success that our two presidents demand of us", Pompeo said.

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".

In a statement relayed by the KCNA state news agency, a ministry spokesman said Pompeo had pushed "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on the nuclear issue, while offering no constructive steps from the USA side.

In practical terms, however, he only mentioned that officials from both sides would meet on July 12 as a working group to discuss the repatriation of the remains of some US soldiers killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Following the highly anticipated June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the US President wrote on Twitter that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

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."

A meeting will take place between a team from the Pentagon and North Korea at the South-North border next week, Pompeo explained.

The talks are part of a broader USA initiative to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. It was unclear if Pompeo met this time with Kim Jong Un, as he had on his previous two trips to Pyongyang.

From left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha attend a news conference in Tokyo on July 8.

He said "We made progress on nearly all the central issues", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert noted on Twitter.

But it said the US had only came up with unilateral demands for denuclearization, . calling for complete, verificable, irreversible denuclearization and verification. all of which, the statement said, run counter to the spirit of the June 12th summit.

During the second day of his visit, an expected meeting between Pompeo and Kim Jong-un failed to materialize.

"We did have very serious discussion on very important matters yesterday", Kim said, through a translator.

Following this summit, a joint statement from Trump and Kim said both sides remained committed to denuclearization. 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".

There was no immediate explanation of what needed to be clarified but the two sides have been struggling to specify what exactly "denuclearization" would entail and how it could be verified to the satisfaction of the United States.

Mr Pompeo has bristled at the idea that the Singapore declaration amounted to an empty promise, saying repeatedly that Mr Kim Jong Un had assured him in private conversations he was ready to give up his nuclear arms.

Last week, Mr Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said North Korea could be expected to carry out the "bulk" of denuclearisation within a year.

KCNA said in addition to the missile engine site and return of remains of US soldiers, the North offered to discuss declaring an end to war marking next month's anniversary of the armistice agreement, but the USA side showed little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses".

Developments between North Korea and the United States will be closely watched in the region.

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