"The World Is A Gangster", US Retorts After North Korea's Accusations

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reacting to a provocative statement from North Korea, said that if Washington's demands were "gangster-like", then the world is a gangster.

In a tweet, Trump cited an agreement that he and Kim signed during last month's summit in Singapore and said "our handshake" was even more important to his assessment of Kim's commitment.

United States negotiators and their North Korean counterparts discussed the idea of Pyongyang making a full declaration of its weapons of mass destruction stockpiles and setting a timeline for giving them up, Pompeo said on Saturday.

In a statement issued by a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman and carried by the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea lashed out at the U.S. for seeking "unilateral and forced denuclearisation" from Pyongyang.

An unnamed spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry, in the statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, said: "The US side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearisation, just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks".

"We had expected that the U.S. side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit. we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures", said the statement, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

North Korea's foreign ministry took exception to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's effort to secure concrete commitments to the promise that Mr Kim made at the summit with Mr Trump. North Korea, in its post-Pompeo talks statement, played down the importance of the move, describing it as a "highly reversible step which can be resumed anytime at any moment as all of its military force remains intact in its previously held positions". Trump offered security guarantees to Pyongyang and pledged to suspend the large-scale military drills with South Korea. You asked Pompeo: "'Did he sleep well?' If you knew what I knew about what we could do to the leadership of North Korea, you wouldn't sleep very well", Graham said. Yet Pompeo himself had earlier said he envisioned that occurring in about two and a half years, by the end of Trump's term, and Nauert later said the USA wasn't putting a timeline on the process. The two sides also failed to make concrete progress on the return of the remains of USA soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War and the demolition of the North's missile launch site in Tongchang-ri.

"It seems the U.S. misunderstood our goodwill and patience", the statement said. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said no meeting had been planned.

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"I think it was a pretty bad start to the process, but it doesn't mean it's over yet", said Hill, noting that North Korea talks were tough by nature.

"North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to complete denuclearization", he said on Sunday during a visit to Japan.

The statement included a personal appeal to the United States president: "We still cherish our good faith in President Trump", it said.

President Trump agreed to halt the drills during last month's landmark summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The lawmaker's comments come one-day after North Korea criticized the US for their push for denuclearization.

"These stumbling blocks and tactics are normal", said Duyeon Kim, a fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum. "Some places a great deal of progress".

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. "The miracle could be yours; it can be your miracle in North Korea as well".

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