Pompeo Leaves N.Korea Empty-Handed

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for a meeting with Kim Yong Chol a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief for a second day of talks at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang

North Korea Calls Talks 'Regrettable' After U.S. Says Progress Was Made

"We talked about what the North Koreans are continuing to do and how it's the case that we can get our arms around achieving what Chairman Kim and President Trump both agreed to", he said.

Speaking to members of the U.S.

South Korea approved a rare screening of North Korean movies at a local film festival on Tuesday, as a diplomatic thaw gains pace following two landmark summits between their leaders. "We know it is a real possibility because we see how Vietnam has traveled this remarkable path", Pompeo said.

While Pompeo hailed progress from the talks, the results he announced on Saturday will do little to quell unease that North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation, made when President Donald Trump met with Kim Jong-un in Singapore last month, is a facade and it has no intention of giving up its weapons. This miracle can be yours.

In a message posted to his Twitter account, Pompeo said Vietnam had handed over the remains of two US military personnel before he arrived in Hanoi on Sunday.

Kim's wife Kim Young-hui, who is a specialist on the North at the Korea Development Bank in Seoul, concurs with his view that most of economic zones in the North remain severely underdeveloped.

A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized the United States' "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization" and suggested the talks "brought us in a unsafe situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust between the DPRK and the U.S".

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

He was referring to the fact that U.N. Security Council resolutions have banned the North from conducting nuclear and missile activities. "If it's not true, then we go back to the other way, but I don't think that's going to be necessary".

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North Korea had expressed regret on Saturday over the attitude of U.S. negotiators during talks between the country and Pompeo in Pyongyang last week to work out details on how to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula as agreed to by their leaders in their recent summit meeting. But he added there remains work to be done. Kim ended Pompeo's visit on a positive note, telling the top U.S. diplomat just before he boarded his plane, "We will produce an outcome, results".

Pompeo said he had won commitments for new discussions on denuclearization and announced a Thursday meeting between US and North Korean military officials on the repatriation of the remains.

She said the two sides had also discussed the return of the remains of American troops killed during the Korean War.

Pompeo sought to dispel suggestions that the Trump administration has backed down from demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons. "We had detailed and substantive discussions about the next steps towards a fully verified and complete denuclearization".

On Sunday, Iowa GOP Senator Joni Ernst said the USA should restart its military exercises with South Korea if talks don't continue.

Pompeo said there was progress made in his talks in Pyongyang, calling them "productive", but admitted that there's work to be done on a much-awaited timeline for denuclearization. The promised remains have yet to be delivered.

"These are complicated issues, but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues, some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", Pompeo said.

The secretary of state also said that despite a critical statement released by North Korea's Foreign Ministry on Saturday night, he thought the two sides had made progress during the meeting and that his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, negotiated in "good faith" during the meeting.

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