Follow Up Denuclearization Conversations Between Secretary Of State Pompeo And North Korea Not Productive, “Regrettable”, “Went As Badly As It Could Have Gone”

 In International Relations, North Korea   Last Updated: July 13, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s overnight visit to Pyongyang [on July 7, 2018] failed to demonstrate any progress on denuclearization talks, leading one source with knowledge of the discussions to say the White House felt it went ‘as badly as it could have gone.'”

A statement from a North Korean spokesman also noted that discussions were not productive.  “‘The U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,’ the statement said.  ‘The issues the U.S. side insisted on during the talks were the same cancerous ones that the past U.S. administrations had insisted on,’ it added.  Though North Korea still has faith in Trump, the statement said, it warned that the U.S. approach had brought the two countries to a ‘dangerous’ stage that could ‘rattle our willingness for denuclearization.’”

The spokesman also noted “the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting (between the countries) was no doubt regrettable.”

Trump first met with Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization on June 12 in Singapore, the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. President and North Korean leader

 

 

Jamie Tarabay. "Pompeo's North Korea meeting went 'as badly as it could have gone'." CNN, 11 July 2018. Web. 13 July 2018.
John Hudson and Carol Morello. "North Korea calls U.S. attitude toward talks ‘gangster-like’ and ‘cancerous,’ rejecting Pompeo’s assessment." Washington Post, 07 July 2018. Web. 13 July 2018.
Adam Shaw. "North Korea says denuclearization talks with Pompeo 'regrettable'." Fox News, 08 July 2018. Web. 13 July 2018.
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