Trump says China derailing North Korea talks

US North Korea To Form Working Groups On Denuclearization

"Clearly, we see some posturing particularly from the North Korean side using the leverage that they have, especially in the lead-up to Trump's visit to NATO and his big summit with [Russian President] Vladimir Putin in the coming week", said Hilary Mann Leverett, a former White House official.

Pompeo spoke after North Korea said the talks "brought us in a risky situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust".

In a statement issued just hours after the two-day talks finished on Saturday, North Korea accused the United States side of a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization", then added, "We still cherish our good faith in President Trump". In contrast, the North Korean spokesman said "phased, simultaneous actions" are "the quickest way of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

The statement included a personal appeal to the U.S. president: "We still cherish our good faith in President Trump", it said.

The statement was carried by the official KCNA news agency on Saturday soon after Mr Pompeo left Pyongyang, raising questions about the future of the talks in which he is trying to persuade Pyongyang to give up a nuclear weapons programme that threatens the United States.

Speaking privately, United States officials suggested the harshly-worded North Korean reaction was a negotiating tactic.

President Donald Trump was accused of forcing the North Korea summit "for cheap headlines" by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who said POTUS had made himself "look like a fool".

Pundits said Trump's latest outburst was worrying as it could play into the hands of Kim, who has pitted Washington against Beijing and even its own allies over the years with his nuclear brinkmanship.

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Pompeo was under increased pressure to show progress after reports that Kim expanded his nuclear weapons production in the run up the Singapore summit.

"I am convinced that he understands the commitment he made, and I am hopeful we will find a path forward to achieve the commitment that Chairman Kim himself made personally to President (Donald) Trump, and the world, in a signed agreement".

The two sides also failed to make concrete progress on the return of the remains of US soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War and the demolition of the North's missile launch site in Tongchang-ri.

Pompeo has characterized the broader North Korean reaction to this weekend's talks as "mixed", telling reporters Monday that more positive statements out of Pyongyang have not received the same coverage that the negative statement has.

Some U.S. senators expressed concern about North Korea's harsh words and urged the Trump administration to keep up the pressure on Pyongyang. "His dealings with North Korea have been a master class in self-deception".

The secretary said there will be a verification process "connected to the complete denuclearization", adding, "It's what President Trump and Chairman Kim both agreed to".

As diplomatic engagement increases contact between the two Koreas and reduces hostility across the border, authorities may be anxious ordinary North Koreans might view the South favorably.

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