Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

USA attitude during denuclearization talks 'regrettable', says North Korea

USA attitude during denuclearization talks 'regrettable', says North Korea

Lawmakers are asking what comes next if talks between the USA and North Korea break down, and are looking back to pre-summit practices.

"In light of the once-unimaginable prosperity and partnership we have with Vietnam today, I have a message for Chairman Kim Jong Un: President Trump believes your country can replicate this path", he said, repeating Mr Trump's pledge to help improve North Korea's economy and provide it with security assurances in return for Mr Kim giving up nuclear weapons. On Monday, Trump suggested that China, North Korea's chief ally, might be interfering in reaction to the Trump administration's stance on US-China trade. We've got more bullets than they do when it comes to trade. But after two days of theatrical amity in Pyongyang it appeared to mark a return to the North's traditional hardline position.

But following talks on Sunday between US envoy Sung Kim and North Korean counterparts, this "CVID" language appears to have disappeared from the State Department lexicon.

Pompeo claimed there was "progress on nearly all of the central issues" in nine hours of "productive conversations" with Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and others but came away without any concrete agreement on denuclearization.

The statement was widely seen as a negotiating tactic to put the United States on the back foot as talks get underway.

Pompeo was set to make a secure phone call to debrief U.S. President Donald Trump on the talks, the pool report said earlier in the day. Unless they can close those gaps, the whole effort may be doomed. During the trilateral meeting in Tokyo, Kono thanked Pompeo for that, a senior Foreign Ministry official said later on Sunday.

"North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to complete denuclearization", he said on Sunday during a visit to Japan.

He said North Korea said it offered to discuss the closure of a missile engine test site, which would "physically affirm" a move to halt the production of intercontinental range ballistic missiles, that the two sides had agreed that a Pentagon team would meet North Korean officials on or about Thursday at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains.

Washington and Pyongyang's different take on the outcome of the latest meeting pointed to discord as North Korea accused the United States of making unilateral and "gangster-like" demands.

Though Trump claimed "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea" following the Singapore summit, USA officials cited by NBC News reported that the country is still covertly producing uranium for nuclear weapons.

Trump suspended some upcoming joint drills in a goodwill gesture after his summit with Kim, causing some consternation among experts about the impact on both countries' military readiness.

The spokesman said that the first high-level talks between the two countries following the summit failed to consolidate mutual trust, only to risk undermining the North's commitment to denuclearization.

"We're in a fight with China", he said.

Perception gaps? Negotiating points?

Hyundai Elevator, the largest shareholder of the operator of Mount Geumgan resort in North Korea, tumbled 12% as of 1:36 p.m.in Seoul, while Namhae Chemical, Hyundai Rotem, and Hyundai Engineering & Construction, fell, as well.

CVID stands for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear program, an oft-cited demand by Washington for Pyongyang.

That's where Trump comes in.

Pyongyang's statement came despite Pompeo saying that he had "many hours of productive conversations" with the North, adding that "we made progress on nearly all of the central issues".

The discoveries have further undercut Trump's assertion that North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat".

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