North Korea has responded to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s latest visit to the nuclear-armed country, describing American attempts to get the country to denuclearize as “regrettable,” “gangster-like” and “cancerous” in a statement released by Korea Central News Agency on Saturday.
The state-run news agency said the United States pressed “the same cancerous” issues that have been brought up in past meetings and that pressure from the U.S. to give up its nuclear weapons was a breach of the agreement signed by the two nations in Singapore last month.
President Donald Trump tweeted Monday morning he has “confidence” Kim Jong Un “will honor the contract” and “even more importantly, our handshake,” although no specific details on denuclearization were agreed upon and the agreement the two leaders signed was not binding.
Trump also suggested that China may be “exerting negative pressure” on North Korea in response to the budding trade war he started by imposing tariffs on imported Chinese goods.
“We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea.”
“The U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,” the statement said. “The issues the U.S. side insisted on during the talks were the same cancerous ones that the past U.S. administrations had insisted on.”
Pompeo did not meet with leader Kim Jong Un during his three-day visit last week. KCNA said that even though Kim still believes in Trump’s desire to negotiate, Pompeo’s visit pushed tensions to a “dangerous” stage that could “rattle our willingness for denuclearization.”
On Sunday, Pompeo dismissed the North Korean’s characterizations of his trip, telling Japanese and South Korean officials that his talks with North Korean leadership had been productive. Pompeo insisted that North Korea has maintained their commitment to work toward denuclearization, including an eventual surrender of its nuclear weapons.
There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearization, that’s what President Trump and Chairman Kim both agreed to.
Pompeo added on Sunday night that “President Trump believes your country can replicate this path — it’s yours if you’ll seize the moment. The miracle can be yours,” citing Vietnam’s “incredible rise” in recent decades as a result of sustaining a relationship with the United States.
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