"I Was There, I Know What Took Place": Pompeo Slams North Korea Criticism Of Denuclearization

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo hit back at a harshly worded North Korean statement which called the United States "gangster-like" and "cancerous" while insisting that Pyongyang would not accept U.S. demands to fully denuclearize before the isolated regime receives sanctions relief.

“The US is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, the demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset,” Pyongyang warned.

Pompeo brushed off North Korea's statement, according to Bloomberg - insisting that Kim Jong Un hasn't backed off a commitment to give up his nuclear weapons.

FILE PHOTO A new engine for an ICBM is tested at a test site at Sohae Space Center in North Korea. Photo released by KCNA April 9, 2016 / Reuters

I was there for the event, I know actually what precisely took place,” Pompeo told reporters in Tokyo Sunday, after traveling there to meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha after two days of talks with a top aide to Kim in Pyongyang. “When we spoke to them about the scope of denuclearization, they did not push back,” said Pompeo, adding "North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to complete denuclearization."

North Korea also reinforced earlier promises "to destroy its missile engine test site," sad Pompeo, while the officials in Tokyo discussed the what full denuclearization entails - adding "There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearization."

Hours before North Korea issued their statement, Pompeo said that progress had been made "on almost all of the central issues" between Washington and Pyongyang. 

After Tokyo, Pompeo then flew to Vietnam - which he used as an example of what's possible in terms of normalizing post-conflict relations following a mending of relations which began in the mid-80s following the Vietnam war. 

“It’s yours if you’ll you seize the moment. This miracle can be yours. It can be your miracle in North Korea as well,” he said, adding that being “alongside the United States” will benefit the regime economically. “We follow through on American promises,” Pompeo told business executives in Hanoi, according to the Washington Post

As we reported on Saturday, relations with Kim Jong Un may be on the verge of collapse after the latest round of discussions with Mike Pompeo - warning that it its “firm, steadfast” resolve to give up its nuclear programs may falter. 

North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency said the result of talks with the delegation headed by the US Secretary of State was "regrettable", as a result of the US insisting on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, which however should hardly come as a surprise at this stage in negotiations, after Kim explicitly agreed to just that four weeks ago.

In the statement released hours after Pompeo departed Tokyo after meeting with Kim Yong Chol, a senior aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman accused the US is trying to unilaterally pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear weapons by insisting on unilateral complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID), and said trust between countries is in a "dangerous stage", while adding that North Korea still trusts President Donald Trump.

"We had anticipated the U.S. side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return,” said a North Korean spokesperson. 

“But through the high-level talks, the trust between the DPRK and the United States is facing a dangerous situation where our resolve for denuclearisation, which has been firm and steadfast, may falter.”

He added that the “fastest way” to achieve a nuclear-free Korean peninsula was through a phased approach under which both sides took steps at the same time, a position which is largely a non-starter for the Trump administration.

As a result of the unexpected divergence in views, Pompeo, who did not meet with Kim on this trip, could point to no concrete achievement from the talks aside from an agreement for the two sides to meet around July 12 in Panmunjom, the border village between the two Koreas, to discuss returning the remains of U.S. soldiers from the 1950-1953 Korean War, Bloomberg added.

Pompeo’s visit was the highest level meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials since Trump and Kim Jong Un held their historic summit in Singapore on June 12. Pompeo has been under pressure to deliver a more concrete disarmament plan after the two leaders signed a vague 1-1/2 page document that didn’t provide a timetable for dismantling North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.

For now, any firm denuclearization plan will have to wait even as the risk that all progress achieved so far in bilateral negotiations collapses.

Why? Because recall that China was the real puppetmaster behind the Trump-Kim summit... and suddenly Beijing is not very happy with Trump (for obvious reasons), which means that China's response to Trump's trade war may emerge in the realm of diplomacy as Xi does everything he can to undo any/all progress achieved in talks between Trump and Kim, potentially sending relations between the US and North Korea back to square one.

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Free This Sun, 07/08/2018 - 12:02 Permalink

It's all a hit piece, one after another, the drive by media just bring us propaganda! These fucking yellow journalists are fanning the flames of libtart mania! When I walk by the teeeveee you should hear me curse, and you think I curse here, LOL!!!

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Look below me for amature hour! This cupcake is a special kind of snowflake! Brain is frozen at ZERO!

Hey, love your candy ass comic book avatar princess, is that a goatee you are sporting there darlin'! Do you know which bathroom to use?

Don't look up...

I Am Jack's Ma… Freeze These Sun, 07/08/2018 - 12:36 Permalink

yes.

kim is in need of propaganda as he tries to govern.  propaganda only meeting with Trump could provide.

Simply talking to one’s enemy is bad, very bad, for a President to do.  

But war is not the answer and we spend too much on the military.

Trump must bomb north korea before any further peace talks!

Collateral damage should be minimal.

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popeye 107cicero Sun, 07/08/2018 - 15:44 Permalink

"Collateral damage to the US will be minimal" - more like what Jacks Ma intended. Typical.

As for this development, not a surprise. I very much doubt Pompeo wants any less than total submission from NK, or failing that, square one. So he will demand total defanging of the NKs before US offers anything.

Of course NK has no reason whatsoever to trust the US, especially but not exclusively because of the USAs demonstrated proclivity for breach of contract.

There are only two ways this proceeds towards peace:

1. US agrees to staged normalisation of relations and lifting of sanctions;

2. Both Koreas ignore US and agree a ceasefire and closer ties bilaterally, adjusting their relations with other parties accordingly.

US is opposed to both options.

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DosZap popeye Sun, 07/08/2018 - 18:40 Permalink

Kim Un, already signed an agreement to do exactly what Pompeo was sent to discuss.

If NK breaks the agreement, then all bets are off, triple sanctions and more troops and military.

Some believe Kim is not in FULL control of the Military,meaning he has to worry about a coup their on house.

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popeye DosZap Mon, 07/09/2018 - 03:13 Permalink

Well, kinda "no". Denuclearisation OF THE PENINSULA, despite what Pompeo or Bolton or others may prefer, had been cited as the ultimate objective AFTER freeze-for-freeze, improvement of relations, demilitarisation in stages (accompanied by removal of sanctions) and peace.

So Pompeo is rather jumping the gun (intentionally or out of ignorance/arrogance?) if he is attempting to negotiate denuclearisation already. Usual story - after beating up militarily adept nations like Grenada for so many years the US has forgotten how this diplomacy thing works. Clue: it doesn't consist of "you will do XXXX by ZZZZ date".

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IronForge I Am Jack's Ma… Sun, 07/08/2018 - 13:09 Permalink

Amateur.

Picture a  Bear Trap that will also set off Artillery Salvos that levels Seoul, trigger CHN supported PRK Troops to invade KOR by the Millions, and allow PRK to use Nukes/TBMs/SLBMs/ICBMs on KOR and the USA.

Those events should be expected if TEAM_USA decide to step into PRK Territories.

I'VE BEEN THERE MYSELF AS A NAVAL OFFICER and as a Kid growing up.  Pompeo most likely attempted to get PRK to roll over and de-Nuke Tomorrow; and Epic Failed.

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geno-econ IronForge Sun, 07/08/2018 - 13:39 Permalink

Easy to begin removal of sanctions and reimpose them if necessary, while denuclearization and destroying facilities not so  easy to rebuild.   So lift  sanctions in stages  along with partial denuclearization along with inspection and verification.

In any case, a lot to be said for North and South Korea to be unified with a move towards open trade and exposure to Western business, capital and market economy----let the people vote for their leadership. 

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geno-econ Free This Sun, 07/08/2018 - 15:15 Permalink

Not suggesting bombing at all,  I am suggesting a staged approach to  military de-escalation of Korean Peninsular.  Business and commercial interests will flow to those who are more competitive and willing to invest capital .   North  Korea has distinct advantages such as raw materials, under utilized labor, agriculture in need of modernization, tourism,  fishing, shipbuilding etc.  Korea has capital, technology,and modern industry.  Obviously Russia, China and U.S, have a lot to offer in the way of markets both ways, including undermining Chinese exports, and investment opportunities.  What is not to like ?   Trump may even license a Trump Tower and golf course in North Korea.

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IronForge geno-econ Sun, 07/08/2018 - 14:18 Permalink

Sanctions were a Lost Cause.  PRK just demonstrated to the World that They Prevailed.

Western Businesses are overrated - typically too exploitative.

CHN and RUS will probably be invited to the Table as well.  USA will probably be given a few token ventures; but will take a back seat to CHN/RUS/KOR/CHE interests.

As for the Elections - don't expect the PRK to jump in on the De"mob"cracy Bandwagon for Decades.  I don't think Supreme Leader Kim and Company wish to abdicate so quickly.

They just defeated the Sanctions set by the USA and prepped up classes of Nukes and Ballistic Missiles capable of striking their ArchNemesis.

They're about to Prosper Economically now, too.  You can bet IRN, CHN, RUS, IND, and even KOR will host Sanction-Runners.

 

 

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Scipio Africanuz geno-econ Sun, 07/08/2018 - 16:22 Permalink

Words have power. Secretary Pompeo said progress was made, I'll give him benefit of doubt, however, diplomacy is give and take, you can't demand concessions without making any, it breeds suspicion, and paranoia. Still, I'm inclined to believe someone is pulling strings, and the US team is making it easy, for those strings to be effective.

Why did NK undertake the nuke program?

Why does the USA desire they eliminate the nukes?

What are the incentives for NK to denuke?

What confidence building measures are in place, reciprocally?

Why the denuke timeline?

Are both parties serious about their commitments?

It's a failure of diplomacy, if an opening is not completely seized, by both sides! Reality needs to be acknowledged, and the exceptionalist imperial doctrine junked. Still, it takes two to tango, NK can't go off on a tangent at every supposed disrespect, learn from Sergei Lavrov, he shrugs such things off!

If China is the one sabotaging peace, it won't end well, the USA is weakened as an imperium, not decimated as a great, and truly fearsome power, prudence, wisdom, and consideration, should be adopted by all parties.

In any event, perhaps an Asian tour should be organised for President Trump, to pass by SK, and assure them of solidarity, NK, and assure them of commitment, China, and assure them of reciprocal cooperation, Japan, and calm their fears, and perhaps Thailand, and remind them of friendship. In this tour, the President, ought to interact with the regular folks, to dispel the MSM image of him, and show them the real DJT, a truly fun human being, funny like hell, human like everyone, patriot for real!

It seems President Trump's charismatic razzmatazz is gonna be required again, in Asia!...

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Free This Freeze These Sun, 07/08/2018 - 13:17 Permalink

Oh, another cross-eyed liberal lizard i see...good for you cupcake.

You mean like Ofaggot, who is on the job less than a week gets the fag peace prize, then bombs the fuck out of brown people, that Ofaggot?

Commemorate this ..!..

Sic Semper Tyrannis

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massbytes Freeze These Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:10 Permalink

And that "generation of propaganda" is worth precisely nothing.  So what?  Can he use that to feed his people?  Nope.  The only fool is Fat Kim.  No picture with a US President is going to help that.  He will cave or we go back to where we were and sanction the shit out of him.

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massbytes Freeze These Mon, 07/09/2018 - 13:12 Permalink

And that "generation of propaganda" is worth precisely nothing.  So what?  Can he use that to feed his people?  Nope.  The only fool is Fat Kim.  No picture with a US President is going to help that.  He will cave or we go back to where we were and sanction the shit out of him.

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new game south40_dreams Sun, 07/08/2018 - 12:41 Permalink

would you trust the US? i certainly don't trust my gov.org.  Hey, look at these people personally. I wouldn't even want them as neighbors. so I give this 10 percent chance. And where is the talk of leaving s.k. for good. What say the MIC? same in Germany. 

shrink the MIC budget due to peace on earth initiatives? lol-over our dead bodies, not lol....

fuking sad state of affairs. 

peace is a carrot on a pole that never happens because of the ptb.

until these ptb's are dead and gone...

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Winston Churchill carbonmutant Sun, 07/08/2018 - 12:50 Permalink

They have a closed society, just why would they need to?

Kim reached out in 2014 but was ignored.Now we have the complications of him having gotten the H bomb,

and the THAADS in South Korea to negotiate.China and Russia have to formally Ally with N.Korea because

no US guarantee is worth the paper its written on and Kim knows it.

The neocons will go apeshit at that point, and doesn't a peace treaty require 2/3 of the Senate ?

 

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Chief Joesph Sun, 07/08/2018 - 12:22 Permalink

Well, North Korea is pretty accurate in its description of the U.S.,.  Its "gangster-like".  You see this in everyday life in America.  Like the robbery that goes on in Health Care, how the IRS treats people, the police state mentality, you name it.

But, you don't go to any country and start demanding stuff, without reciprocating something in exchange.  Its apparent that Pompeo didn't do that, and he comes across as some fat mobster from the Mafia too.  He was solely focused on North Korea's denuclearization, and didn't give a hint of anything more.  And if he thinks that sanctions are going to work on North Korea, he is dead wrong.  America has sanctioned North Korea since 1953.  They are accustomed to that, and we have never had any trade going on with them since that time. So, what do sanctions matter?

prymythirdeye Sun, 07/08/2018 - 12:24 Permalink

I hate this fucking world.  THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  The fact that world leaders are STILL using this 60 year old FAKE technology to scare people is unconscionable.  Let the downvotes begin but not one intelligent response will follow.  I guarantee it.

shortonoil prymythirdeye Sun, 07/08/2018 - 13:04 Permalink

The Russian military came out several years ago, and admitted that during a full scale nuclear exchange that they expected 25% of their weapons to detonate. The US military is on record saying that 50% of theirs would go off. Looking at the incredible complexity of a nuclear weapon, and the fact the the entire process has a 20 micro second window of success, it is reasonable to assume that probably none of them would go off. During the Iraq war Rice is on record stating that some terrorist was going threw one on the back of a camel, ride across the desert, swim the Atlantic and set one off in Dallas. "Mushroom clouds over US cities" was the term she used. If you believe that you are dumber than a brick! Of course, that is exactly what they are relying upon.

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Jackprong prymythirdeye Sun, 07/08/2018 - 13:19 Permalink

That is correct to the extent that nuclear weapons are not a defense factor:  one can neither confirm nor deny the existence of nuclear weapons.  You can always tell the existence of nuclear weapons:  a Marine detachment.  DPRK probably has such a system.  The nuclear weapons that would have been fired from those underground silos had an accuracy of 80 feet.  Nuclear weapons were probably outdated around 1991 as a result of the Gulf War Tomahawk performance.  From 1991, nuclear weapons have become a smaller factor due to ACCURACY of munitions.  We could accurately kill the dictator while draining his Swiss bank account.  DPRK doesn't have a nuclear weapon and it's facilities were destroyed.  The DPRK nuclear weapons are in name only.  Any of DPRK's artillery batteries are under watch and targeted 24/7.

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wolfeman Sun, 07/08/2018 - 12:26 Permalink

Propaganda for what?  The lying, cheating, two faced shills of Xi are only digging themselves a deeper grave.  They will not get away with humiliating Trump.  He does not take that kind of shit.