Trump tweets confidence that Kim Jong Un will denuclearize, honor 'our handshake'

10 July, 2018, 16:01 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • The motorcade carrying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drives towards Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang North Korea Friday

The North Koreans also have yet to return the remains of USA troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, which was the one specific promise made in the four-point summit declaration.

Pompeo has been criticized by some USA media and some Washington foreign policy observers for the lack of results and acrimony from Pyongyang, but two former US officials who have negotiated with North Korea cast his talks in a more positive light.

The isolated nation might now waver in its "firm, steadfast" resolution to give up its nuclear program, it said.

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

Public display of the North's culture or bringing North Korean figures to the South requires authorization from several state bodies, including Seoul's unification ministry and spy agency.

Trump is left to hope, in vain, that "Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake". "If Americans go to North Korea and start living there, then there's virtually no chance that the United States would attack it or start lobbing bombs there".

"I have confidence that Kim Jong-un will honor the contract we signed and, even more importantly, our handshake", he said, before suggesting that China was attempting to strain relations between the USA and North Korea because of Trump's trade tariffs.

"This is not the end of the process".

The United States maintains some 28,500 servicemembers in South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North after the three-year conflict ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty. The White House said before the trip that he would meet Kim. "Nobody should be surprised by foot dragging".

"I saw some of the statements that came out, they were mixed, you haven't reported on that, the mixed statements, but maybe you will now".


Pompeo was seeking progress on the joint statement issued by Trump and Kim at their historic summit in Singapore in June.

Asked if he had discussed any timetable or declaration of nuclear and missile facilities in the North, Pompeo only said he discussed a lot of issues with the North Korean officials and that there is "still much work to do to establish a precise time line".

There was no immediate explanation of what needed to be clarified, but the two sides have been struggling to specify what exactly "denuclearisation" would entail and how it could be verified to the satisfaction of the United States.

The U.S. and North Korea agreed, however, to hold working-level talks in the border truce village of Panmunjom for the return of the U.S. soldiers' remains and form a working group to discuss denuclearization and verification. It also destroyed its main nuclear testing site, where it conducted its sixth and most powerful underground nuclear explosion in September.

The spokesman also expressed "deep worry over the result of the talks", saying that the talks have not only failed to be of any help in trust-building between the two sides, but also could result in the wavering of DPRK's will to work for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

That clearly remains a point of contention with North Korea.

"I see China's hands all over this".

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Pompeo sought to dispel suggestions that the Trump administration has backed down from demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons.

As Saturday's meeting got under way Kim Yong-chol joked that Mr Pompeo may not have slept well during his overnight stay at a guesthouse in Pyongyang.

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