Pompeo shrugs off 'gangster' rebuke from North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for a meeting with Kim Yong Chol a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief for a second day of talks at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang

Pompeo was in North Korea on Friday and Saturday to discuss the denuclearization deal made between President Donald Trump and Kim during their historic Singapore summit last month.

However disappointing the results of Pompeo's trip are, the administration is not yet ready to walk away from diplomacy if for no other reason than Trump wanting to achieve that which he has already taken credit for.

Speaking to members of the U.S.

Quintana was in South Korea on a week-long mission to meet with government officials, activists, North Korean defectors as well as some of the restaurant workers to gather information for his regular report to the UN General Assembly in October. It said the USA side had shown little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses".

"We had anticipated the USA side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", a foreign ministry official said in a statement.

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Pyongyang said Washington threatened to "backtrack" on the issue of establishing a peace regime "under certain conditions and excuses".

China is North Korea's closest partner but had previously helped the USA exert pressure on Kim over his nuclear program.

The U.S. "came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization, just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit and talks", KCNA quoted a spokesman at the North's Foreign Ministry as saying. That apparently did not happen.

If it is determined that North Korea is cheating and remains a threat, says Gaffney, then a decision will have to be made to deal with that problem, and it is that decision that could finally force Kim's hand, he predicts.

"Clearly, we see some posturing particularly from the North Korean side using the leverage that they have, especially in the lead-up to Trump's visit to NATO and his big summit with [Russian President] Vladimir Putin in the coming week", said Hilary Mann Leverett, a former White House official.

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North Korea also accused the United States of trivializing the significance of suspending military exercises with South Korea.

It turns out common sense prevailed and Pompeo never actually presented the CD to Kim and instead returned it to Trump once he was back in the US.

"Just now you said that some people in the USA associated the inconsistency of the statements made by the DPRK and the United States after their high-level meeting with China's role in the Korean Peninsula issue", she noted.

Pompeo said a meeting between both countries on the repatriation of American soldiers' remains will be held on Thursday in the truce village of Panmunjom, although the date could be moved by a day or two.

US Department of State spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo did not meet Kim, as he had done on his two previous visits to North Korea this year, but handed over a letter to him from Trump.

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Jackson and her husband were in The Bahamas celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary, her father told WRCB TV Chattanooga . She's going into her senior year at Castleton University , planned to do an internship and graduate in December.

She and her husband made their way to Mongolia before defecting to South Korea with their two sons.

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