February 21, 2019

Pompeo: Sanctions Remain Until NKorea's 'Final' Denuclearization

08 July 2018, 05:33 | Devin Moran

It is Mr Pompeo's third trip to Pyongyang Credit AP

It is Mr Pompeo's third trip to Pyongyang

Pompeo said both the testing facility issue and recovering USA remains still need to be finalized.

"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster because there was a unanimous decision at the U.N. Security Council about what needs to be achieved", Pompeo said.

Pompeo paid a visit to the DPRK from Thursday to Saturday, weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump met with DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

The North's official KCNA news agency said the result of talks was "extremely troubling", accusing America of insisting on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

And Pompeo was adamant that those further negotiations would go ahead. That made the North Korean description of those talks as "deeply regrettable" only hours later even more stinging.

The top USA diplomat has said that Kim had repeatedly expressed in private conversations his desire to give up nuclear weapons for good.

Kim Yong Chol later said that "there are things that I have to clarify" to which Mr Pompeo responded that "there are things that I have to clarify as well".

A meeting between Mr Pompeo and Kim Jong-un later on Saturday was expected but not certain, U.S. officials said.

Some U.S. experts said the disputes highlight the risk of Trump granting premature concessions to North Korea. 'While we are encouraged by the progress of these talks, progress alone does not justify the easing of the sanctions regime, ' he said. He is due to meet officials from allies South Korea and Japan in Tokyo also on Sunday.

Author information: John Hudson is a national security reporter at The Washington Post covering the State Department and diplomacy.

The statement also implied that these moves were greater than the United States' suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea, which it said was "a highly reversible step which can be resumed anytime at any moment as all of its military force remains intact".

According to the spokesman, during the talks with Pompeo, North Korea raised the issue of a possible declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean war, which concluded with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

"But, the USA side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearisation just calling for CVID, declaration and verification".

"What concerns me at this stage is the secretary of state flying all the way from Washington to Pyongyang to try to engage in detailed working-level negotiations as an ongoing approach to negotiating denuclearization", said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association.

"When we spoke to them about denuclearisation, they did not push back", Pompeo told a news conference.

According to the report from The Post, the talks did not go well-with a statement from North Korea suggesting the USA had not been willing to compromise.

A key aim of Mr Pompeo's two days of talks was to firm up North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation.

Senior North Korea official Kim Yong Chol agreed with Pompeo's remarks, adding that there were areas which Pyongyang needed to shed light on.

Nauert declined to characterize the discussions so far, but said, "We expect them to live up to their commitments".

The North's statement, coming so soon after Pompeo's trip, was sure to fuel growing scepticism in the USA over how serious Kim Jong-un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal. "There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearization". On Sunday, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha admitted that replacing the former term was capitulating to North Korea's sensitivities.

The secretary of state is under pressure to deliver a more concrete disarmament plan after the two leaders signed a vague one and a half page document that didn't provide a timetable for dismantling North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

Pompeo, however, bluntly said there is "no difference" between the extensive descriptor and the simplified version.

Pompeo said in Tokyo he had pushed North Korea on a promise to destroy a missile engine test site.

"We had lengthy discussions about the scope of what complete denuclearization means over the past two days", Pompeo said.

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