Pompeo urges North Korea's Kim to follow Vietnam's example

North Korea says it won’t bow down to “gangster-like” U.S. on denuclearization

Following his meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterpart Kang Kyung-wha and Taro Kono, Pompeo said while there was progress made on denuclearization, the USA and its allies will continue to apply worldwide sanctions until North Korea completely abandons its nuclear arsenal.

United States President, Donald Trump, has expressed optimism that North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, will honour the contract they both signed and, even more importantly, their handshake.

Mr Pompeo said the talks "brought us in a risky situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearisation, rather than consolidating trust".

Asked to respond to the KCNA comment, Pompeo said he is only trying to implement what was agreed by Trump and Kim in Singapore and demands made in resolutions by the United Nations Security Council, which has called for the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" dismantling of the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"The US is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that the DPRK would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset", the statement said, referring to North Korea by its official initials.

"This began when the USA - the United States and Vietnam began working together to repatriate the remains of American service members lost in Vietnam", he said. "But this expectation and hope of ours was so naive as to be gullible", the statement said.

Pompeo also insisted that Pyongyang was committed to broad denuclearisation and said that while some security guarantees could be on the table during the process, sanctions relief would not be.

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

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Ahead of the summit, Pompeo said Trump would reject anything short of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization". Our policy toward North Korea has not changed", Reuters quoted Nauert as telling reporters en route to Pyongyang.

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The rhetoric issued by North Korea following the Pompeo meetings showed a return to sharp, provocative language, dangling the possibility of war if the US continued to make demands.

He admitted "there's still more work to be done" in other areas.

But while Pompeo on Saturday painted a positive picture of the follow-up talks, North Korean officials accused the United States of trying to unilaterally pressure their country into abandoning its nuclear programme.

It was not the first time Trump has lashed out at Beijing over his frustrations about the lack of progress in denuclearisation talks with Kim.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on Sunday.

"We now have a meeting set up for July 12 - it could move by one day or two - where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains".

"I know actually what precisely took place. While we are encouraged by the progress of these talks, progress alone does not justify the relaxation of the existing sanctions regime". He and Kim Yong Chol met for almost three hours Friday and then had dinner.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday urged North Korea to follow the example of Vietnam, saying President Donald Trump believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi's path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.

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