North Korea reminds Trump its nuclear weapons won't come cheap

The motorcade carrying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drives towards Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang North Korea Friday

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dismissed accusations by North Korea that he engaged in "gangster-like" behaviour during a visit there. If I paid attention to what the press said, I'd go nuts, and I refuse to do that.

-North Korea talks, the government also suggested it was taking a cautiously optimistic view of events.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Kim Yong Chol (L).

Pyongyang noted that it had already destroyed a nuclear test site - a concession that Trump has publicly hailed as a victory for peace - and lamented that Pompeo had proved unwilling to match this with USA concessions.

North Korea called the outcome of the discussion "worrisome" and argued that the "cancerous issues" the USA 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.

Earlier reports pointed to progress being made between the two countries, with commitments for new discussions on denuclearisation and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.

"And to our North Korean friends, I can't say the word friend yet".

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honour the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake".

Last month, Pompeo briefed Kono and Kang in South Korea on the outcome of the Trump-Kim summit. North Korea, in its post-Pompeo talks statement, played down the importance of the move, describing it as a "highly reversible step which can be resumed anytime at any moment as all of its military force remains intact in its previously held positions".

Pompeo also told Kono he had raised in the talks in Pyongyang, which ended Saturday, the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea, a major sticking point for Japan in its relations with North Korea.

The U.S.is "fatally mistaken" if it thinks North Korea can be pressured into accepting its demands, the statement continued, adding that a breakdown in the North Korean-U.S. relationship would mean "there is no guarantee that this will not result in yet another tragedy".

'Dealing with North Korea is hard because Kim Jong Un wants it to be hard, ' said Russel, who was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration. "But this expectation and hope of ours was so naive as to be gullible", the statement said.

Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs during which he has met with Kim Jong Un, Pompeo spent the night at a government guesthouse in Pyongyang and did not see the North Korean leader, although United States officials had suggested such a meeting was expected.

Pompeo said the two sides had discussed "modalities" for the destruction of a missile engine testing facility and agreed to form a working group to determine how to verify North Korea's denuclearization.

The statement was widely seen as a negotiating tactic to put the United States on the back foot as talks get underway. In its statement Saturday, the North envisaged "simultaneous" steps by the two sides and a declaration on ending the 1950-53 Korean War, for which a peace treaty was never signed.

"Proving once again that only fools rush in, Trump forced a summit for cheap headlines", Scarborough wrote, continuing the ongoing feud between himself and president Trump.

In criticizing the talks with Pompeo, however, it carefully avoided attacking Trump personally, saying "we wholly maintain our trust toward President Trump, ' but stressed that Washington must not allow 'headwinds" against the 'wills of the leaders'.

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