Mike Pompeo dismisses North Korea's 'gangster' comments, says talks are going well

North Korea says it won’t bow down to “gangster-like” U.S. on denuclearization

Pompeo added that the US and world powers would maintain economic sanctions against North Korea until full denuclearization was achieved.

"The settlement of outstanding issues surrounding North Korea, including nuclear, missile and abduction, will be extremely important to Japan, and that will also be extremely important for regional peace and stability", Abe said at the outset of the talks.

"We had expected that the U.S. side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit".

Speaking later to members of the US-Vietnamese business community in Hanoi, Mr Pompeo called on Mr Kim to replicate Vietnam's "miracle" of economic growth by improving ties with the US, vowing that America keeps its promises with former foes.

North Korea's latest comments were a reminder of the difficulties that previous USA administrations had negotiating with the reclusive state.

"The U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization", the statement, shared by The Post, said.

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And just hours after Pompeo arrived in Tokyo from Pyongyang on Saturday, the North blasted the new talks, saying they had been "regrettable".

"The North Koreans are in the game to get, not to give", said Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for East Asia until a year ago.

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake", he posted. -North Korea summit in Singapore, President Donald Trump declared the North was no longer a threat and would hand over the remains of American soldiers. -North Korea talks, as both sides were coming to the table with fundamentally different views of what they were bargaining with.

Some analysts think North Korea is trying to drag out talks in hopes that the USA will come around to accepting it as a nuclear weapons state, perhaps in a limited form that couldn't threaten the U.S. mainland directly.

Last month, Kim agreed to "work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" in return for security guarantees and an end to a unsafe stand-off with U.S. forces. Still, Pompeo dismissed North Korea's accusation.

After talks with the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea on Sunday, the secretary of state said his efforts to press the North on nuclear weapons were legitimate.

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Unlike his previous two trips to North Korea, which were made before the summit, Pompeo didn't meet with Kim Jong Un. "But expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be foolish", read the statement.

This is a reversal of the longstanding Western complaint that China uses North Korea as a tool for extracting strategic and diplomatic concessions, essentially renting itself out as the only dogcatcher that can contain the feral North Korean hound when it slips its leash. He further said he got no apparent push-back during the talks themselves.

Pompeo said his meeting with Kim Yong Chol, a vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, produced progress and they talked "a great deal" about a potential timeline for the denuclearization process.

"I am determined to achieve the commitment that President Trump made".

President Donald Trump was accused of forcing the North Korea summit "for headlines" by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

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