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Who called it? North Korea talks described as ‘regrettable’ and ‘productive’

09 July 2018

"North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to complete denuclearization", Pompeo said at the trilateral news conference in Tokyo, where he was joined by Japanese and South Korean officials.

In a statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, the foreign ministry said the outcome of Pompeo's talks with senior official Kim Yong Chol was "very concerning" because it has led to a 'dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm'.

The spokesman apparently rejected the U.S. 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, Yonhap news agency reported. "We had productive, good-faith negotiations", he added.

Meanwhile, North Korea says it disagrees with the US calls for denuclearization, and called the discussions with Pompeo very concerning.

"I would like to pay my tribute to the strong leadership you have demonstrated in negotiating with North Korea", Abe told Pompeo.

Yes Devin. Secretary Pompeo said the two sides agreed to hold discussions on July 12 about the repatriation of the remains of some 200 American troops killed on the northern side of the peninsula during the Korean War.

However, in another twist of approach towards Kim - who Trump once called "Little Rocket Man" - the U.S. administration renewed its sanctions on North Korea for another year.

"These are complicated issues, but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues, " Pompeo told reporters on the tarmac, following his third visit to North Korea.

The US politician did not meet with North Korea's leader during this visit.

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His second recent trip to North Korea comest weeks after Trump and Kim signed an agreement in Singapore that committed the U.S.to unspecified security guarantees in exchange for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. The spokesman also downplayed the significance of the United States suspending its military exercises with South Korea, saying the North made a larger concession by blowing up the tunnels at its nuclear test site.

The US-North Korea talks are being closely watched across Asia.

It urged more bold steps from the USA, saying that the shorter way to denuclearization is to break away from old ways and build trust in each other.

"While we are encouraged by the progress of these talks, progress alone does not justify the relaxation of the existing sanctions regime".

The task of establishing the disarmament program now falls to Pompeo, who is seeking a formal declaration by the North of the size of its nuclear program, as well as an eventual timetable for it to be ended under worldwide verification and inspection.

He noted, however, that "there are things that I have to clarify", Reuters reported.

Trump raised the issue when he met with Kim in Singapore and Pompeo also talked about it during his latest visit to Pyongyang.

The talks came amid growing concern among nuclear experts that North Korea is not taking steps toward denuclearization and uncertainty as to what President Trump and Kim Jong Un meant when they committed to it in Singapore last month.

In comparison to past worldwide nuclear disarmament negotiations, the discussions between Washington and North Korea on thawing ties and dismantling the North's arsenal appear to be proceeding in reverse. But he also had to assuage anxious Asian allies after Trump said he would be stopping U.S. He stressed there was still more work to be done in other areas, much of which would be done by working groups that the two sides had set up to deal with specific issues.

Who called it? North Korea talks described as ‘regrettable’ and ‘productive’