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North Korea says talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable'

North Korea says talks with Pompeo were 'regrettable'

The North's statement, which came hours after Pompeo wrapped up the Pyongyang talks, accused the United States of trying to pressure North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons.

After discussions in Pyongyang, North Korea's foreign ministry said that the United States was making unilateral demands aimed at forcing it into giving up its nuclear arsenal.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry statement called on both sides to take simultaneous actions to improve the environment surrounding the talks.

Today's meeting follows three hours of talks at the Baekhwawon state guest house in Pyongyang on Friday, following the us delegation's arrival in Pyongyang just before noon.

But despite the very negtive views about the meeting, . the statement was careful about criticizing President Trump, and said that they still cherish their good faith in him.

"The settlement of outstanding issues surrounding North Korea, including nuclear, missile and abduction, will be extremely important to Japan, and that will also be extremely important for regional peace and stability", Abe said at the outset of the talks. Last week, Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said North Korea could be expected to carry out the "bulk" of denuclearisation within a year.

Yes Devin. Secretary Pompeo said the two sides agreed to hold discussions on July 12 about the repatriation of the remains of some 200 American troops killed on the northern side of the peninsula during the Korean War.

North Korea apparently didn't get the memo.

Trump and Kim pledged at their June 12 summit meeting in Singapore to move toward denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

"This is a rejection of US demands for unilateral denuclearisation by North Korea, and a clear message that the USA will need to give up more to make progress".

Speaking privately, USA officials suggested the North Korean statement was a negotiating tactic.

At that meeting, Trump lavished praise on Kim and agreed to suspend America's joint military exercises with South Korea in the region.

"It seems the U.S. misunderstood our goodwill and patience", the statement said.

"I think we made progress in every element of our discussions", he added. Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and North Korea expert at the Heritage Foundation, said the statement showed that to North Korea, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula means "global arms control in which it will abandon its arsenal when all other nuclear powers, including the United States, abandon theirs".

The contrasting comments raised questions over whether North Korea is committed to abandoning the nuclear programs it has developed for decades and has seen as key to its survival.

He said that a meeting between the two sides has been set up on July 12 in Panmunjom along the inter-Korean border to discuss in a day or two the repatriation of USA soldiers' remains left in the DPRK in the 1950s.

The talks came amid growing concern among nuclear experts that North Korea is not taking steps toward denuclearization and uncertainty as to what President Trump and Kim Jong Un meant when they committed to it in Singapore last month.

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"What the U.S.is requesting is the cancerous demands from previous administrations that blocked all dialogue processes", the statement read, in the kind of overheated rhetoric that the Kim regime and Trump administration share a fondness for.

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

"Some places, [we've made] a great deal of progress", Pompeo said.