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N. Korea, U.S. differ on results of Pompeo's latest visit

N. Korea, U.S. differ on results of Pompeo's latest visit

Hours later, Pyongyang gave a much more negative assessment, saying Washington had broken the spirit of last month's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The peace process between the United States and North Korea was in crisis on Saturday after Pyongyang angrily rejected Washington's "gangster-like" demand for rapid nuclear disarmament, despite two days of intense talks.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry statement called on both sides to take simultaneous actions to improve the environment surrounding the talks.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha speak with each other after a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, July 8, 2018.

Mr Pompeo was asked about the CD earlier by a journalist accompanying him to North Korea; the secretary of state laughed, but did not confirm or deny the report.

Those include the formation of working group to determine exactly how North Korea's denuclearization will be verified and a Thursday meeting with Pentagon officials to discuss the return of remains of Americans soldiers killed during the Korean War.

Mr Trump in turn offered security guarantees to Pyongyang and pledged a halt to large-scale military drills with South Korea.

Pompeo and Kim met for almost three hours Friday and then had dinner amid growing skepticism over how serious Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translating the upbeat rhetoric following his June 12 summit with Trump into concrete action.

"These are complicated issues but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues", he told reporters on Saturday on the airport tarmac before leaving Pyongyang, following his third visit to North Korea.

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In fact, near the end of the statement, KCNA quoted the spokesman as saying "we still cherish our good faith in President Trump ". The US has insisted that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons for good before receiving relief from sanctions.

"We expected the US to bring constructive measures to build confidence in accordance with the spirit of the US-NK Summit", the statement carried by state-run news agency KCNA said, according to a CNN translation of the Korean version of the statement.

A letter from Kim to Trump was also delivered to Pompeo through Kim Yong Chol, a top North Korean party official and former spy agency chief, who was Pompeo's interlocutor and played a key role in arranging the Singapore summit. Pompeo's now in Tokyo, where he will brief officials from Japan and South Korea on Sunday. Since returning from Singapore, Trump has declared the North Korean nuclear threat over, even though the country's leaders promised nothing in a joint declaration signed by Kim and Trump that they hadn't agreed to many times before.

However, the statement also appeared to separate North Korea's annoyance with the US from its relationship with Trump himself.

Many experts doubt Kim's sincerity - a nuclear deterrent to USA intervention has always been a strategic goal of his isolated, autocratic regime - and few expect this to be a quick process, even if Washington wants results within a year.

He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.

Last month, Kim and Trump met in Singapore and signed an historic joint statement committing Pyongyang to "work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in exchange for USA "security guarantees" and lasting peace in the decades-old stand-off.

"North Korea expected Pompeo to bring a concrete proposal for security guarantee but it was disappointed as the United States side reiterated the old demand that the North should denuclearise first before the U.S. gives it anything in return".

It was the first time he had visited North Korea since the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit in Singapore. Additionally, Kim does not appear to have returned the troop remains that Trump said the USA already "got".

"There are things that I have to clarify as well", Pompeo responded.