Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump says China derailing North Korea talks

Trump says China derailing North Korea talks

DPRK is short for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official title.

North Korea balked Saturday at the latest round of denuclearization talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling the negotiations "extremely troubling" and warning the deal could collapse.

"That was a fairly serious insult directed against Pompeo", said Christopher Hill, who formerly served as USA ambassador to South Korea and lead negotiator with North Korea.

Sarah Clarke, reporting from South Korea's capital, Seoul, said that North Korea appeared to be unhappy following the high-level talks.

Despite Pompeo's reassurance, his trip to Pyongyang has fueled concern that the denuclearization pledge made by North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during his meeting with Trump failed to result in producing a tangible outcome, experts said.

Ahead of the visit, the State Department did not make promises about what Pompeo might walk away with.

The Japanese top diplomat thanked Pompeo for raising the issue of Japanese nationals abducted to the North decades ago in his meeting with North Koreans. -North Korea negotiations still have a long way to go.

But Trump tweeted Monday that he has "confidence" that Kim would honor the denuclearization "contract" they signed at the summit and accused China - the isolated North's powerful neighbor and ally - of seeking to undermine the deal. He stressed that "there's still more work to be done" in others, which will be handled by the working groups.


Following the agreement signed at the Singapore summit, it appears that again North Korea and the US have only committed to broad strokes and say that now the hard work is beginning, NPR's Seoul correspondent Elise Hu tells Weekend Edition Saturday. "We never thought it was going to be easy".

Pompeo visited the Communist country for the third time on Friday - the first following the historic summit between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Trump in May - in an effort to encourage Pyongyang to get rid of its nuclear weapons, which received a chilly response from North Korean officials.

"Now is the time for all of us, the State Department and others to deliver, to implement the agreement between President Trump and Chairman Kim", Pompeo told North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops at the end of a visit to Afghanistan.

The rhetoric issued by North Korea following the Pompeo meetings showed a return to sharp, provocative language, dangling the possibility of war if the US continued to make demands.

In the month since the Swindle in Singapore, it has become obvious that Kim is arming rather than disarming. Last month Mr. Trump incorrectly stated that the remains were already sent to the United States.

Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha received an update on what progress has been made since the June 12 summit in Singapore in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised U.S. President Donald Trump to work toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Pompeo did not say there was an agreement to monitor that destruction or if there would be any kind of technical verification that the destruction actually happened. But he maintained that progress is being made. "So thinking about those discussions you might have not slept well last night".

Pyongyang noted that it had already destroyed a nuclear test site - a concession that Trump has already publicly hailed as a victory for peace - and lamented that Pompeo had proved unwilling to match this with United States concessions. Neither side disclosed those details.

Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol indicated that a significant distance remains between the two sides in terms of expectations and demands.

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