North Korean denuclearisation talks with US Secretary of State – “regrettable”

After a meeting in North Korea with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commitments for denuclearisation look shaky.

Reuters:  North Korea says resolve for denuclearisation may falter after talks with U.S.

North Korea said on Saturday its “firm, steadfast” resolve to give up its nuclear programs may falter after the United States demanded unilateral denuclearisation during two days of talks in Pyongyang, state media said.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said the result of talks with the delegation headed by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was “extremely troubling,” accusing it of insisting on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

Fox News: North Korea says denuclearization talks with Pompeo ‘regrettable’:

North Korea on Saturday accused the U.S. of undermining the spirit of last month’s summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un after what it says were “regrettable” talks with a delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A statement by the North Korean Foreign Ministry, accusing the U.S. of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons, came shortly after Pompeo’s delegation left the country.

“We had expected that the U.S. side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders’ summit … we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures,” Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

“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.

Pompeo seemed to think things had gone well, or at least that’s what he claimed.

Pompeo had struck a different tone, telling reporters as he left that the talks with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol had been “productive.”

“We had many hours of productive conversations,” he said. “These are complicated issues, but we made progress on almost all of the central issues. Some places a great deal of progress. Other places, there’s still more work to be done.”

I doubt that many people will be surprised with difficulties in progress towards Korean denuclearisation.

It looks like more negotiation  will be required, if not more threats and bluster.

20 Comments

    • MaureenW

       /  July 8, 2018

      CNN 😂

      Did Trump say he would have one meeting with Kim and then the North Korea matter would be resolved?

      CNN keep producing biased crap on Trump, they’re now ratings are behind the Home and Garden Channel.

      • MaureenW

         /  July 8, 2018

        ..their ratings are now behind …

      • Trump after the Singapore summit: “”Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 8, 2018

          Trump cast Singapore as “just a first date”:
          https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/10/tump-korea-nuclear-summit-singapore-635099

          Asked Saturday what the benchmark of success is for the summit, he said, “At a minimum, I do believe, at least we’ll have met each other. We will have seen each other. Hopefully we will have liked each other and we’ll start that process. And the maximum, I think you know the answer to that. But I think that will take a little bit of time.”

          That is the sense in which he claimed there is no longer a nuclear threat from NK because a working relationship had been initiated.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  July 8, 2018

        trump got played for a fool by KJU. trump legitimised KJU, gave away the farm, and got nothing in return.

        Who could have predicted it. A real shocker. Right out of left field.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  July 8, 2018

          Do you have to be half-witted all the time? Exactly nothing was given away. Exercises with SK can be restarted any time the US wishes.

  1. Patzcuaro

     /  July 8, 2018

    Whats new, more fake news.

  2. Trevors_Elbow

     /  July 8, 2018

    For xxxxs sake…

    Its.Going.To.Take.Time.!!!!

    Obama had 8 long years to try and achieve some thing with Nth Korea… the Great Peace man Obama, winner of a Nobel prize, the slaughter of countless lives in Libya (hat tip H. Clinton for an outstanding performance in Libya), Syria and via drone strikes all over the middle east…..and Barack didn’t get Kim to the table…

    Trump is making progress, but of course the snide and the critique from the great Left/Centre Left is totally predictable and negative…

    Get a life…

    • Patzcuaro

       /  July 8, 2018

      But Kim got Trump to the table.

    • “Its.Going.To.Take.Time.!!!!”

      Try telling Trump, who said after the Singapore summit: “”Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”

      • Trevors_Elbow

         /  July 8, 2018

        Salesmen – SELL, Pete…. I know you don’t like the guy and his style…. but he is making progress…

        • Griff

           /  July 8, 2018

          Is that like trump U trump steaks trump airline and trumps other failed ventures.?
          Or is it like the casino he striped of value sold shares in which collapsed after floating?

  3. Corky

     /  July 8, 2018

    This is good news( if true). It clears the way for Trumpy to strike if needed. He cannot be accused of not giving peace talks a chance. Time for the RED BUTTON, Mr President.

  4. NOEL

     /  July 8, 2018

    Used to find Trumps tweets annoying but after so any flip flops and falsehoods they now are a daily laugh.

  5. Zedd

     /  July 8, 2018

    Mr T was ‘led up the garden path’ by Mr K.. all smiles & waves, BUT no real commitments. 2 Oligarchs/demagogues kanohi to kanohi; but ‘honesty & integrity’ was probably left at the door.. on the way in (IMHO) 😦

    • Patzcuaro

       /  July 8, 2018

      Kim has gained status and legitimacy at home and abroad as a result of his meeting with the POTUS, so is a clear winner so far.

      Trump needs denuclearisation of North Korea to be a winner without movement in that direction he will have been out maneuvered.

      Peace and normalization of relations between North & South would be a good start. I can’t see Kim giving up his nukes, they are his security blanket.

  6. wooden goat

     /  July 9, 2018

    I agree with those who’ve said that N.K. is the winner here.

    I don’t think KJU *ever* had the faintest intention of giving up NK’s nukes. They will *never* do so. I’d love to be proven wrong, but I don’t think I will be.
    – wooden goat

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