North Korea calls denuclearisation talks with U.S. 'regrettable'

07 Juillet, 2018, 20:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • North Korea calls denuclearisation talks with U.S. 'regrettable'

"We were expecting the United States... to come up with constructive measures to help build confidence in the spirit of reunion and talks". The countries also agreed to create working groups that will be overseen by Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines who has handled some lower-level discussions, to work out what State Department spokeswoman called the "nitty gritty details" of future talks.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo did not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he had done on his two previous visits to North Korea this year, but handed over a letter to him from U.S. President Donald Trump.

North Korean officials have yet to demonstrate that in working-level talks, the intelligence officials said.

"The US attitude and positions at the high-level talks on Friday and Saturday were extremely regrettable", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, the Yonhap news agency in South Korea reported.

The spokesman said that the first high-level talks between the two countries following the summit have failed to consolidate mutual trust, only to risk undermining the North's commitment to denuclearization.

"So the work that we do, the path towards complete denuclearisation, 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.

The secretary said: "I think we made progress in every element of our discussions", according to the report.

Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs, Mr Pompeo spent the night at a government guest house in Pyongyang after a three-hour dinner with Kim Yong Chol, something the North Korean official alluded to in comments as they began their talks.

In addition, Pompeo said he discussed the repatriation of US solider remains from the Korean War.

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"Our expectation is exactly what the President and Kim Jong Un agreed to and the Singapore Summit, and that's the denuclearization of North Korea", Nauert said Saturday.

"No-one walked away from that, they're still equally committed", he said, just hours before the North issues their own, less optimistic, view of the negotiations.

He admitted "there's still more work to be done" in other areas.

"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", he said.

Many analysts in the U.S foreign policy community, particularly nuclear disarmament experts, had cautioned that Trump was rushing into the talks with North Korea based on undue optimism against an obdurate country which was primarily seeking status recognition from the U.S and had no intention of denuclearizing unilaterally. Additionally, Kim does not appear to have returned the troop remains that Trump said the US already "got".

Pompeo had said before the Singapore summit Trump would reject anything short of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation".

Before events in Pyongyang had concluded, Nauert told reporters that Pompeo had been "very firm" in insisting that North Korea fulfills its commitment to "complete denuclearisation".

She stressed that USA policy hasn't changed, but did not explain why they're not using the phrase "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" - a phrase Pompeo himself used leading up to the historic summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump in Singapore on June 12.



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