Pompeo sees hard road ahead but pursues N.Korean denuclearisation talks

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 Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have been too busy visiting a potato farm to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Pyongyang's state media implied Tuesday.

Trump, of course, bestowed Kim with the nickname of "little rocket man" when tensions between the U.S. and North Korea reached a fever pitch a year ago.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh pose for photographers before a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 9, 2018. He left with a harsh reminder that the North Korean leader expects something in return.

"The statement was to my ear - in a way - much more gentle and careful than I have heard from the North Koreans on any number of occasions over two decades", Gallucci said during a call with reporters organized by 38 North, a well-respected North Korea-watching website and project of the Stimson Center, a USA think tank.

President Donald Trump's diplomatic efforts with North Korea are turning out even worse than many critics had expected.

"These are complicated issues but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues", he told reporters on Saturday on the airport tarmac before leaving Pyongyang, following his third visit to North Korea.

Hua insisted that China hopes to see North Korea and the United States expand their ties and work together.

The North openly expressed disappointment over what he put forward during a hourslong bargaining with Kim Yong-chol, a top North Korean official, on Thursday and Friday.

North Korean officials also described the ongoing negotiations as "gangster-like" demands but Pompeo downplayed the comments and blamed the press for criticizing the progress made so far.

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CVID stands for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear program, an oft-cited demand by Washington for Pyongyang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in May invited Kim to the annual forum, Yonhap said, but he had not responded to the invitation yet.

"Just now you said that some people in the U.S. associated the inconsistency of the statements made by the DPRK and the United States after their high-level meeting with China's role in the Korean Peninsula issue", she noted.

"If those requests were gangster-like then the world is a gangster because it was a unanimous decision at the UNSC about what needs to be achieved", he added, referring to the United Nations Security Council's crippling sanctions regime against the North.

The secretary of state acknowledged that "the road ahead will be hard and challenging" and vowed to keep punishing economic sanctions in place "until final fully verified denuclearization" is achieved.

The term "denuclearization", mean different things to Washington and Pyongyang, analysts say.

China is North Korea's biggest trading partner.

While few think that the world would be better off with increased tensions between the USA and North Korea - except perhaps national security adviser John Bolton - Trump's pathetic attempts at diplomacy have squandered an actual opportunity to move toward long-term peace.

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