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09 July 2018, 06:44 | Devin Moran
North Korea says US are like 'gangsters' after 'regrettable' nuclear talks
Despite Pompeo characterizing his talks in Pyongyang as productive, North Korea reacted angrily to what it called "gangster-like" demands from the U.S. Pompeo brushed that rebuke aside, saying that if the demands were indeed gangster-like then the "world is a gangster" because the sanctions are not different from what the U.N. Security Council has demanded in several unanimous resolutions.
Pompeo held more than eight hours of talks with North Korean officials in Pyongyang from Friday, seeking to flesh out a bare bones deal made by USA president Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim last month. When we spoke to them about the scope of denuclearization, they did not push back.
"The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know critics will try to minimize what we have achieved", he said.
It said the North had raised the issue of formally ending the Korean War, which concluded with an armistice and not a peace treaty, but the US came up with a variety of "conditions and excuses" to delay a declaration.
One mistake Richardson said the US made in its negotiations with Pyongyang was "going first" and announcing the termination of some military exercises with South Korea.
And in a pointed message to North Korea, Graham said the USA has more powerful weapons than sanctions to keep the rogue regime in line - if necessary.
"The US just came out with such unilateral and robber-like denuclearization demands as CVID, declaration and verification that go against the spirit of the North-US summit meeting", he added, calling the talks "really disappointing".
Pompeo added that the USA and world powers would maintain economic sanctions against North Korea until full denuclearization was achieved.
Mr Trump in turn offered security guarantees to Pyongyang and pledged a halt to large-scale military drills with South Korea.
The model of trying to defeat the USA in a war clearly isn't meant to be what North Korea takes from this.
So it came as some surprise when North Korea's state news agency fired out a late-night missive blasting the talks, warning that "we may be shaken in our unshakeable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust". He said that although North Korea did express great disappointment, .it still said it has "good faith in President Trump", which shows they want the talks to continue.
How has Mr Pompeo responded?
The White House said before the trip that he would meet Kim. Some analysts think North Korea is trying to drag out talks in hopes that the US will come around to accepting it as a nuclear weapons state, perhaps in a limited form that couldn't threaten the USA mainland directly.
"The United States has been clear on what we seek from North Korea", Pompeo said in Hanoi.
Hyundai Elevator, the largest shareholder of the operator of Mount Geumgan resort in North Korea, tumbled 12% as of 1:36 p.m.in Seoul, while Namhae Chemical, Hyundai Rotem, and Hyundai Engineering & Construction, fell, as well. "If they're able to do this, they will be remembered and Chairman Kim will be remembered as a hero of the Korean people".
He and some others, though, have found some reasons for optimism in the outcome of the talks.
Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, says North Korea could dismantle its nuclear arsenal within a year, but other USA officials have said they hope it can be accomplished by the end of Trump's first term in the White House, in January 2021.
This, he said, has "stoked distrust and increased the danger of war".
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