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North Korea says talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable'

AP  |  Pyongyang 

High-level talks between the and appeared to hit a snag today as said a visit by US had been "regrettable" and accused of making "gangster-like" demands to pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons.

The statement from the North came just hours after wrapped up two days of talks with senior North Korean officials without meeting North Korean leader but with commitments for new discussions on denuclearisation and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.

While offered a relatively positive assessment of his meetings,

said in a statement that the US betrayed the spirit of last month's summit between and Kim by making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on "CVID," or the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of

It said the outcome of the follow-up talks was "very concerning" because it has led to a "dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearisation that had been firm."


"We had expected that the US 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, released by an unnamed and carried by the North's Agency.

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

"Our expectations and hopes were so naive it could be called foolish." According to the spokesman, during the talks with Pompeo the North raised the issue of a possible declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which concluded with an armistice and not a peace treaty. It also offered to discuss the closure of a that would "physically affirm" a move to halt the production of intercontinental range ballistic missiles and setting up working-level discussions for the return of U.S. war remains.

However, the said the came up with a variety of "conditions and excuses" to delay a declaration on ending the war. The spokesman also downplayed the significance of the United States suspending its military exercises with South Korea, saying the North made a larger concession by blowing up the tunnels at its

In criticizing the talks with Pompeo, however, the North carefully avoided attacking Trump, saying "we wholly maintain our trust toward Trump," but also that must not allow "headwinds" against the "wills of the leaders."

In comments to reporters before leaving Pyongyang, Pompeo said his conversations with senior North Korean Chol had been "productive," conducted "in good faith" and that "a great deal of progress" had been made in some areas. He stressed that "there's still more work to be done" in other areas, much of which would be done by working groups that the two sides have set up to deal with specific issues.

Pompeo said a team would be meeting with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working level talks would be held soon on the destruction of North Korea's missile engine testing facility.

In the days following his historic June 12 summit with in Singapore, Trump had announced that the return of the remains and the destruction of the missile facility had been completed or were in progress. Pompeo, however, said that more talks were needed on both.

"We now have a meeting set up for July 12 it could move by one day or two where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains. (It) will take place at the border and that process will begin to develop over the days that follow," he said as he boarded his plane for

On the destruction of the missile engine plant, Pompeo said, "We talked about what the modalities would look like for the destruction of that facility as well, and some progress there as well, and then we have laid out a path for further negotiation at the working level so the two teams can get together and continue these discussions.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 22:10 IST
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