‘Very productive talks with North Korea, says Mike Pompeo

North Korea warns talks with US delegation `regrettable´

North Korea warns talks with US delegation `regrettable´

The North expected that Washington "would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit", the official said.

Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, dictator Kim Jong Un's top adviser and North Korea's former spy chief, exchanged pleasantries before the second meeting between the two countries.

"We expected that the USA side would bring itself with a constructive proposal", the spokesman said, without elaborating.

"They have gotten the U.S.to back off military exercises, back off using "CVID", back off the "Libya model" of rapid denuclearization, back off on human rights, and to look the other way while China relaxes sanctions implementation".

The spokesman apparently rejected the US demand and reiterated Pyongyang's call for a "phased" and "synchronous" approach, saying that it would be the shortest way to realize a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

"But through the high-level talks, the trust between the DPRK and the United States is facing a unsafe situation where our resolve for denuclearisation, which has been firm and steadfast, may falter".

There was no immediate comment on the KCNA statement from the State Department or the White House.

As he departed Pyongyang, Pompeo said he spent "a good deal of time" discussing a denuclearisation timeline and the declaration of North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities.

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

Before events in Pyongyang had concluded, Nauert told reporters that Pompeo had been "very firm" in insisting that North Korea fulfills its commitment to "complete denuclearisation".

The statement, issued by an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman and carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, came hours after a second day of talks between Pompeo and senior North Korean officials that both sides said needed clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Kim Jong-un has promised to work towards denuclearisation, but details on how this will be achieved remain thin.

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"We still cherish our good faith in President Trump", the spokesman said.

While Pompeo asserted on his way back from Pyongyang that the visit resulted in "progress on nearly all of the central issues" and involved "good-faith negotiations, " North Korea's foreign ministry issued a blistering statement after he left criticizing the "regrettable" USA attitude at the talks, including "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization".

A state department spokesperson said Mr Pompeo had been "very firm" in focusing on denuclearisation, as well as on security assurances and another important U.S. demand - the return of remains of USA service personnel from the Korean War.

The spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said Pompeo's discussions with North Korean officials included the repatriation of the remains of Americans who died in the Korean War in the 1950s in addition to denuclearisation issues, according to a pool report by reporters accompanying Pompeo.

He had met Kim Yong-chol, widely seen as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's right-hand man.

"No-one walked away from that, they're still equally committed", he said, just hours before the North issues their own, less optimistic, view of the negotiations.

"Chairman Kim is. still committed" to that goal, Pompeo said, and he reiterated that Trump was "committed to a brighter future for North Korea".

Defcon security experts said North Korea's destruction of its nuclear facility was "superficial" and "insufficient" to destroy the uranium enrichment plant.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met North Korean leaders in Pyongyang for two days of talks.

Developments between North Korea and the United States will be closely watched in the region.

But as he arrived in Tokyo to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, his North Korean hosts issued an angry statement rejecting his efforts and appealing to US President Donald Trump to revive the peace process.

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