Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made quite a splash in Pyongyang, North Korea is calling the visit “regrettable” and calling Washington’s pressure to denuclearize “gangster-like.” Although Pompeo did not meet with Kim Jong Un on this visit, he engaged in high-level talks with a top NK negotiator Kim Yong Chol.
An unnamed foreign minister commented on the meetings claiming that Pompeo betrayed the spirit of the previous meeting between Kim Jong Un and Trump calling this most recent meeting “very concerning” and claiming it “might rattle our willingness for denuclearization.”
After his meeting in Singapore, Trump claimed that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat, but no real plan for denuclearization had been established at the summit. North Korea still says they “wholly maintain” trust in Trump, but evidence shows they are expanding nuclear test sites.
Pompeo’s statement regarding the meeting is positive:
“We talked about what the North Koreans are continuing to do and how it’s the case we can get our arms around achieving what Chairman Kim and President Trump both agreed to, which was the complete denuclearization of North Korea. There’s no--no one walked away from that, they’re still equally committed, Chairman Kim is still committed.”
Pompeo claims that progress was made in his meeting with Kim Yong Chol, but he has not given any details about a possible plan or timeline for the denuclearization process. When asked about the foreign minister’s statement about Washington being “gangster,” Pompeo brushed it off saying, "if those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster."
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