Trump says he's confident North Korea will denuclearize

Pompeo meets with North Korea's former spy chief on nuclear weapons to build 'trust'

His rosy outlook was nearly immediately rejected by North Korea's foreign ministry, which called the US attitude to the talks "regrettable" and accused the United States of making unilateral demands for denuclearization.

It said North Korea put forth several constructive proposals, including a declaration formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War, which it called "the first process of defusing tension".

"We were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures", an unnamed spokesperson of North Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency.

Kim Yong Chol said that the two had had "very serious discussion on very important matters yesterday" and joked that as a result, Pompeo "might have not slept well last night" at the prestigious Paekhwawon, or 100 Flowers Garden, guest house. "There are things that I have to clarify", he said.

However, following the stinging commentary from the North, he allowed that the goal of denuclearization would be hard and that much work remains.

However, many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle defended the drills as a necessary deterrent, and say they need to prepare for a potential conflict on the peninsula. North Korean officials have yet to demonstrate that in working-level talks, the intelligence officials said.

Pompeo acknowledged at a news conference in Tokyo on Sunday that a peace treaty, security assurances for North Korea and denuclearization should be pursued in parallel, but it's the last item that has been the clear focus of United States efforts and its overriding goal: The elimination of North Korea's nuclear weapons in a way that can be verified by outside experts.

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

He said North Korea understood that denuclearisation must be "complete" and "verified".

However, Pompeo said the progress achieved thus far did not warrant any concessions.

While insisting again that the talks were moving forwards, he stressed that nothing had happened to merit a relaxation of the tough sanctions imposed on the North over its nuclear missile programme. More than 36,500 US troops died in the conflict.

"We still cherish our good faith in President Trump". The promised remains have yet to be delivered. And he said the deal he struck with Kim meant there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", and that "everybody can now feel much safer".

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 US soldiers' remains left in the DPRK in the 1950s.

"We had anticipated the USA side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", said the statement. "But expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be foolish", read the statement.

It said the North had raised the issue of formally ending the Korean War, which concluded with an armistice and not a peace treaty, but the USA came up with a variety of "conditions and excuses" to delay a declaration.

North Korea called the outcome of the discussion "worrisome" and argued that the "cancerous issues" the United States delegation raised were the same ones that had "amplified" distrust and the risk of war with past administrations, resulting in previous talks ending in failure.

Related News:



Most liked

Vettel wins, Hamilton second despite Raikkonen clash
Hamilton was able to pull out some quick laps, yet Vettel was quick to respond, keeping his rival at an arm's length. But Wolff's counterpart at Ferrari , Arrivabene, was livid.

Samsung’s new India phone factory is ‘world’s largest’
The Samsung unit was set up in Noida back in 1995 and it was used to initially produce television sets. Last June, Samsung announced an investment of ₹4,915 crore to add new capacity at the Noida plant.

Johnny Depp Sued For Attacking Crew Member on Biggie Smalls Movie Set
Rocky claims Depp continued his tirade and his bodyguards then removed him from the area. Johnny Depp who allegedly punched him in the face and berated him while on set in 2017.

Newest rescues are healthier than first boys freed from cave
Four more young footballers and their coach at the Mu Pa (WIld Boar) Academy Mae Sai, Ekkapol Chantawong, are still on the ledge. U.S. president Donald Trump confirmed this morning in a tweet that the USA is among the six countries assisting Thai officials.

SC dismisses review petition of Nirbhaya rape case accused; upholds death penalty
More than 370 convicts were on death row as on December 2017, the last official count, down from 399 the previous year. The brutal crime had sparked widespread protests and drew worldwide attention over violence against women in India.

Family Displays Son's Body Playing NBA2K, Wearing Kyrie Irving Jersey At Wake
It definitely tops the charts of originality when it comes to wakes, but that doesn't detract from its sentimental nature. A big fan of the Boston Celtics and Kyrie Irving , he was dressed in an Irving jersey with the Celtics on a TV screen.

ATP Wimbledon: Gulbis serves a bagel to send Alexander Zverev packing
The world No 44 from France will next meet another big server in Kevin Anderson , who overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 7-5. Zverev said he was returning much harder on Friday, rushing Fritz and giving him less time to react.

The New Orange Is The New Black Trailer Just Dropped
This is the first trailer to drop after OINTB gave us this teaser last month showing Litchfield in ruins post-riot. The new season will hit Netflix on July 27th - best get it marked in your calendars!

Croatia can deal with Harry Kane after 'stopping Messi'
Heartwarming yearbook photos show Harry Kane lifting trophies years before his World Cup success . We've resorted to washing it overnight while he's been in bed. "We have to continue like this".

4 more boys brought out of flooded Thai cave
Two divers are helping each one make his way through very narrow tunnels that twist and turn, and filled with dark muddy water. On Sunday, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys but waited several hours before confirming their safe rescue.

Joe Russo and Josh Brolin troll Thanos fan subreddit
According to sub moderators and their overwhelming power trip, the ban will happen today, but only when "Thanos is ready". The Russo Brothers have provided the subreddit with a video of Josh Brolin recreating his Infinity War snap .

Novichok in Wiltshire death 'highly likely' from batch used on Skripals
Around 100 counter-terrorism officers are helping in the investigation, which police said Friday could take "weeks and months". Both were determined to have been exposed to the nerve agent after touching a contaminated item with their hands, police said.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin reportedly got engaged
After the pair got engaged over the weekend, a throwback video of the couple meeting for the first time resurfaced online. Gotham via Getty Images Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin , seen together on Thursday, are reportedly engaged.

Bets for upcoming Southampton vs Arsenal fight
Neither Arsene Wenger nor his players could afford themselves to lose another match if they still want to be in the top four. Arsenal is still keeping the dream to be qualified in Champions League after the victory over Manchester on Sunday.

3 Entertaining Ways to Improve Your Business Skills over the Coming Weeks
In both games and business meetings you may feel everything from frustration to elation, but the trick is to keep is all hidden. Play Poker While millions of people around the world may play poker solely for fun, you can also play to up your business game.