Trump Confident North Korea Will 'Honor the Contract' to Denuclearize

Both sides seek to ‘clarify’ as Pompeo holds second day of North Korea talks

The US president and North Korean leader met in Singapore nearly a month ago for an unprecedented summit between sitting leaders of the two countries, which resulted in a general joint declaration that did not include a timetable or concrete commitments from North Korea on denuclearisation.

On his two previous trips to Pyongyang, the secretary of state met with Kim to lay the groundwork for the summit.

Speaking to members of the U.S.

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.

"It's yours if you'll you seize the moment". This miracle can be yours.

Ahead of the summit, Pompeo said Trump would reject anything short of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization".

The U.S. "came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization, just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit and talks", KCNA quoted a spokesman at the North's Foreign Ministry as saying. "It can be your miracle in North Korea as well", Mr Pompeo said.

A spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry complained that the US wanted complete nuclear disarmament without offering anything in return, according to a statement release through the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The statement was sure to fuel growing skepticism in the USA and elsewhere over how serious Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal.

"So look, people are going to make certain comments after meetings". He said: "I'm counting on Chairman Kim to be determined to follow through on the commitment that he made".

Before departing Pyongyang, Mr Pompeo told reporters that his conversations with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol had been "productive", conducted "in good faith" and that "a great deal of progress" had been made in some areas. But following the stinging commentary from the North, he allowed 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.

Speaking privately, U.S. officials suggested the North Korean statement was a negotiating tactic.

Trump suggested that China, North Korea's chief ally, might be interfering in reaction to the Trump administration's stance on US-China trade. The news agency said if they all attend, it would be a rare chance the leaders to talk about North Korea's nuclear issues on the sidelines.

Fully verified, final denuclearisation "isn't any softer in stating our shared goal of complete denuclearisation", she said.

Pompeo said the North Korea diplomats "did not push back" in his discussions with them in Pyongyang.

In a tweet, Trump cited an agreement that he and Kim signed during last month's summit in Singapore and said "our handshake" was even more important to his assessment of Kim's commitment. And, the promised remains have yet to be delivered.

He spoke in Tokyo with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts after two days of talks in Pyongyang.

"We had anticipated the USA side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", the statement said, warning its "resolve for denuclearisation. may falter".

He said the fact that the U.S.is "cooperating - and not fighting" with Vietnam "is proof that when a country decides to create a brighter future for itself alongside the United States, we follow through on American promises". "But expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be foolish", read the statement.

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