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North Korea: US Talks 'Dangerous,' 'Gangster-Like'

Pyongyang fires off media shot as Pompeo departs
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2018 9:30 AM CDT
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, arrive for a lunch at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang, North...   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
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(Newser) – North Korea doesn't sound too happy about its latest chat with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the New York Times reports. The seats were practically still warm in Pyongyang Saturday when a North Korean spokesman called their latest nuclear talks "regrettable" and contrary to the spirit of Kim Jong Un's summit meeting last month with President Trump. The issue? Trump's administration is seeking "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization," said North Korea's Foreign Ministry. The talks were "very concerning," the ministry added, per the AP, and have entered a "dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm."

Pompeo had struck a more positive note after his delegation wrapped up two days of meetings with officials in Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reports. "These are complicated issues but we made progress on almost all of the central issues," he said before boarding a flight to Tokyo. "Some places, a great deal of progress; other places there’s still more work to be done." He declined to give details on the issues—like denuclearization, US economic investment in North Korea, or a timeline for repatriating US soldiers who died in the Korean War—but said the repatriation will happen "over the days that follow." Kim, who had met with Pompeo on earlier visits, didn't join the meeting this time around. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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