The motorcade carrying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drives towards Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang North Korea Friday

The Trump administration announced in early July that it has a plan to denuclearize North Korea's program in a year but there are also reports the regime is sneakily lying about its number of nuclear warheads and is hiding the existence of facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear boms.

While Pompeo offered a relatively positive assessment of his meetings, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the USA betrayed the spirit of last month's summit between President Donald Trump and Kim by making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on "CVID", or the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.

"We had anticipated the United States side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", the statement said, warning its "resolve for denuclearisation. may falter".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a Business Community Reception at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 8, 2018.

According to Graham, China is using the north to force the U.S. to negotiate on trade.

The North Koreans have agreed to a meeting on July 12 at the DMZ (demilitarized zone), which is a border barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half, to talk about returning the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in action during the Korean War.


And just hours after Pompeo arrived in Tokyo from Pyongyang on Saturday, the North blasted the new talks, saying they had been "regrettable".

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said North Korea had balked at a written pledge for "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation" for historical reasons but stressed that the goal remained the same whether that exact phrase was used.

When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew out of Pyongyang after negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand Kim Yong Chol man he tried to appear positive, insisting progress had been made.

The North has declared Mr Trump's moves as "gangster-like" since the summit between the two leaders.

Pompeo has reportedly established a working group inside the State Department on ways to achieve denuclearization of North Korea, but that group does not include officials from the Pyongyang side, according to the U.S.

The US politician did not meet with North Korea's leader during this visit.


The administration worked for months to win China's support for its "maximum pressure" campaign of sanctions to isolate North Korea, which does most of its global trade with the Chinese. "But expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be foolish", read the statement.

Professor Yang Moo-Jin at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul said Pyongyang wants to separate "US bureaucrats from President Trump, expressing trust in him". "The North is trying to get an upper hand in further negotiations", he explained.

"We still have a long ways to go, but the commitment that the North Koreans made, that frankly Chairman Kim personally made to President Trump remains, has been reinforced", Pompeo said.

Trump wrote. The US president expressed a similarly skeptical attitude towards China's cooperation in July of past year.

"I would like to think that is not what's on American minds, the president and the secretary of state", he added.


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