Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

US Demand Of Irreversible Denuclearisation "Troubling", Says North Korea

Foreign Affairs Dems request North Korea hearing Greg Nash
Steven Clarke | 07 July, 2018, 20:13

But, briefing reporters before flying on to Tokyo, he offered few new details as to how North Korea would honour its commitment to "denuclearise" in exchange for U.S. security guarantees.

Following Pompeo's remarks to reporters before departing Pyongyang, North Korea's foreign ministry said the talks with Pompeo were "regrettable" and it accused the us of making unilateral demands for denuclearization, the Associated Press reports.

However, the secretary of state did not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

State media said the regime's "firm, steadfast" resolve to give up its nuclear programmes may falter after the United States demanded unilateral denuclearisation during two days of talks in Pyongyang.

He noted, however, that "there are things that I have to clarify", Reuters reported.

Following the highly anticipated June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, the US President wrote on Twitter that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea". "No one walked away from that".

The statement came shortly after Pompeo said he had made progress "on nearly all of the central issues" in the talks, including on setting a timeline for its denuclearisation, though more work remained to be done.

Pompeo had a day and a half of talks in Pyongyang, seeking to hammer out details on how to dismantle North Korea's nuclear programmes, such as a timeline to denuclearisation and a plan on declaring its related facilities.

Pompeo held almost three hours of talks with Kim Yong Chol on Friday and a working dinner that Nauert described as further "relationship building".

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The spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said Pompeo's discussions with North Korean officials included the repatriation of the remains of Americans who died in the Korean War in the 1950s in addition to denuclearization issues, according to a pool report by reporters accompanying Pompeo.

Kim Yong Chol asked Pompeo if he had slept well on his first overnight stay in the country, adding: "But we did have very serious discussion on very important matters yesterday".

He said the two sides spent good time discussing denuclearisation timeline and the North's nuclear and missile facilities.

Last week, Mr Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said North Korea could be expected to carry out the "bulk" of denuclearisation within a year. The officials reportedly discussed a range of issues, including the return of the remains of USA troops killed during the Korean War. Kim replied by calling Trump a "dotard".

Pompeo, accompanied by senior State Department and Central Intelligence Agency officials, held several hours of talks on Friday evening and had a working dinner with Kim Yong Chol at which both were "cracking jokes" and "exchanging pleasantries", according to Nauert.

"However, the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting [between the countries] was no doubt regrettable", the spokesman said.

Mr Kim has promised to work towards denuclearisation, but details on how this will be achieved remain thin.

Some U.S. officials and experts have said the change in language amounted to a softening in approach. He is due to meet officials from allies South Korea and Japan in Tokyo also on Sunday.

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