Trump says he's confident North Korea will denuclearize

Mike Pompeo seeks clarity in denuclearization talks with North Korea

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.

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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.

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