Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

North Korea: Mike Pompeo rejects 'gangster-like' accusation

North Korea: Mike Pompeo rejects 'gangster-like' accusation

Following the June 12 meeting with Trump in Singapore, Kim made a broad agreement to "work toward denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. If I paid attention to what the press said, I'd go nuts, and I refuse to do that.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dismissed accusations by North Korea that he engaged in "gangster-like" behaviour during a visit there. Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society, joins CBSN with more.

"So look, people are going to make certain comments after meetings".

"If I were President Trump, I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute".

"However, the attitude of the United States in the first high-level talks held on the 6th and 7th were indeed regrettable".

"These are complicated issues, but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues, some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", Pompeo said. "I am determined to achieve the commitment that President Trump made and I am counting on Chairman Kim to be determined to follow through on the commitment that he made", Pompeo said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, walks through the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam, Sunday, July 8.

In criticising the talks with Pompeo, however, the North carefully avoided attacking Trump, saying "we wholly maintain our trust toward President Trump", but also that Washington must not allow "headwinds" against the "wills of the leaders".

At the same time the U.S. state department was forced to deny reports Mr Pompeo gave Kim Jong Un a CD of Elton John's Rocket Man - a playful reference to Donald Trump's nickname for the North Korean leader.

However, the North Korean Foreign Ministry later released a lengthy statement that criticized the USA focus on nuclear weapons.

Pompeo downplayed North Korea's statement after the talks in which the country's foreign ministry bashed hopes for a quick deal and accused the U.S. of making "gangster-like" demands aimed at forcing it to abandon nuclear weapons.

Calling for a "phased and synchronous approach", the statement added: "This is incomparable with the irreversible step taken by (North Korea) to explode and dismantle the nuclear test ground".

Daily NK reported the lectures are not having the desired effect, and its source said the North Koreans attending the lecture appeared disinterested or bored.

About 7,700 US military personnel remain unaccounted from the Korean War, US military data shows.

Mr Pompeo reiterated in Tokyo on Sunday that sanctions on North Korea will remain in place until Pyongyang achieves "final" denuclearisation.

Leaked U.S. intelligence findings have concluded that North Korea does not intend to give up its nuclear program completely.

Pompeo said that in past two decades, US bilateral trade with Vietnam had grown 8,000 percent, and American companies had poured in billions of dollars of investments.

"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster", said Pompeo, noting that USA demands for North Korea to denuclearize were supported by a consensus at the U.N. Security Council.

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