Pompeo seeks clarity in denuclearization talks with NKorea


Pompeo seeks clarity in denuclearization talks with NKorea

"Across the range of weapons and missiles, it's a broad definition of denuclearisation, and the North Koreans understand that and have not challenged that", he said. But however you translate it, it did not suggest a lot of progress was made.

The task of establishing the disarmament program now falls to Pompeo, who is seeking a formal declaration by the North of the size of its nuclear program, as well as an eventual timetable for it to be ended under worldwide verification and inspection.

Professor Yang Moo-Jin at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul said Pyongyang's criticism was aimed at driving a wedge between Trump and his top officials.

Analysts say that any final accord between the two nations to eliminate Pyongyang's sophisticated nuclear and missile arsenal will be a long slog with no guarantee of success.

"We'll, your characterization is interesting".

"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.

She said the two sides had also discussed the return of the remains of American troops killed during the Korean War.

The statement, which referred to the North's formal name of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), was carried by the official KCNA news agency yesterday soon after Mr Pompeo left Pyongyang. It said the US side had shown little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses". It could move by one day or two where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains.

That term has been repeatedly used by Pompeo and other US officials to describe Washington's aims in its talks with Pyongyang, though the State Department recently began using another term in its official statements: final, fully verified denuclearization.

North Korea says high-level talks with a USA delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were "regrettable" and has accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nukes.

"At this point, even to get the North Koreans to follow through with the return of Korean War-era MIA remains, would feel like a big win for Pompeo, even though it wouldn't affect the nuclear threat". "He deserves credit for doing so", Revere wrote in an email.

Speaking privately, USA officials suggested the harshly-worded North Korean reaction was a negotiating tactic. "Welcome to our world, Mr. Secretary".

Senior North Korea official Kim Yong Chol agreed with Pompeo's remarks, adding that there were areas which Pyongyang needed to shed light on. Kim ended Pompeo's visit on a positive note, telling the top U.S. diplomat just before he boarded his plane, "We will produce an outcome, results".

"We had expected that the USA side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of" the Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, the statement said.

"I know my counterpart [Kim Yong-choi] spoke with Chairman Kim during the course of our negotiations as well".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol, a senior North Korean ruling party official, arrive for a lunch at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on Saturday.

After the historic U.S.

As the day began, Pompeo left the compound to make a secure call to Trump away from potential surveillance, then returned to restart talks and they continued through a working lunch for nearly six hours.

And, he and other US officials said the two countries, still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War, had set up working groups to deal with details of an agreement.

He also said that the two have laid out a path for further negotiations at the working level so that the two teams can continue these talks.

"They have gotten the U.S.to back off military exercises, back off using "CVID" [Complete, Verifiable and Irreversible Dismantlement], back off the "Libya model" of rapid denuclearization, back off on human rights, and to look the other way while China relaxes sanctions implementation".



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