Trump suggests China might be interfering on North Korea

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

Following the high-profile summit between the USA and North Korea, in which Trump and Kim took part in an historic meeting, President Trump appeared optimistic about the future of relations between the nations and spoke warmly of the talks between himself and Kim.

No sooner had Pompeo left when Kim's media published a statement saying the US's "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearisation" risked upending ties less than a month after Trump and Kim shook hands in Singapore.

Pompeo, who is now in Tokyo, is expected to meet with Japanese and South Korean counterparts to brief them on his visit.

But the North Korean statement, carried by the official KCNA news agency, said the United States had gone against the spirit of the summit by putting unilateral pressure on the country to abandon its nuclear weapons.

Update at 2000 KST: This article has been amended with the latest developments on Pompeo's visit North Korean and USA officials held a second day of meetings in Pyongyang on Saturday, with both sides saying there several key issues they need to "clarify".

In a statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, the foreign ministry said the outcome of Pompeo's talks with senior official Kim Yong Chol was "very concerning" because it has led to a "dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm".

It's been almost one month since President Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Sinagpore.

"And to our North Korean friends, I can't say the word friend yet". Trump offered security guarantees to Pyongyang and pledged to suspend the large-scale military drills with South Korea. It also underscores crucial gaps in how the United States and North Korea define denuclearization and see the path forward.

One hoped-for breakthrough would be the return of the remains of USA troops killed during the Korean War. It said the USA side had shown little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses".

North Korea: Mike Pompeo rejects 'gangster-like' accusation
The statement included a personal appeal to the USA president: "We still cherish our good faith in President Trump ", it said. According to Graham, China is using the north to force the United States to negotiate on trade. "China understands this.

"It's a broad definition", Pompeo said.

But following talks on Sunday between USA envoy Sung Kim and North Korean counterparts, this "CVID" language appears to have disappeared from the State Department lexicon.

In his Monday tweet, Trump also raised concerns about China's commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, suggesting it could have waned because of a trade war that has broken out between the United States and China. "If I paid attention to the press, I'd go nuts and I refuse to do that".

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake", he posted.

"Proving once again that only fools rush in, Trump forced a summit for cheap headlines", Scarborough wrote, continuing the ongoing feud between himself and president Trump.

Today's meeting follows three hours of talks at the Baekhwawon state guest house in Pyongyang on Friday, following the US delegation's arrival in Pyongyang just before noon.

'Kim can afford to play hardball because it's clear to him that Trump, who has already told Americans they can sleep soundly because the threat is now over, badly wants a deal, ' Russel said.

The criticism, published on North Korea's government-run Uriminzokkiri website, said Washington should stop provoking the North with an "anachronistic human rights racket' at a time of diplomatic attempts to improve ties".

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