North Korea says U.S. are like 'gangsters' after 'regrettable' nuclear talks


North Korea slammed what it called the United States' "gangster-like mindset" in denuclearization talks just hours after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the high-level negotiations as "productive" and insisted progress was made.

He said "We made progress on nearly all the central issues", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert noted on Twitter. Some places, a great deal of progress.

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delivered a dose of harsh reality to Donald Trump, bashing hopes for a quick denuclearization deal in a pointed rebuke to the president's top envoy while accusing the USA of making "gangster-like" demands.

"We expected that the U.S. side would come with productive measures conducive to building trust in line with the spirit of the North-U.S. summit and (we) considered providing something that would correspond to them", the spokesman said.

The U.S. envoy did not meet with North Korea's leader during this round of talks, but the U.S. State Department said he arrived bearing a letter from Trump addressed to Kim Jong Un.

Professor Yang Moo-Jin at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul said Pyongyang wants to separate "US bureaucrats from President Trump, expressing trust in him".

"We did have very serious discussion on very important matters yesterday", Kim said. The officials reportedly discussed a range of issues, including the return of the remains of United States troops killed during the Korean War.

Analyst Victor Cha, a former member of the National Security Council who has himself negotiated with North Korea under George W. Bush, said there's no question Pompeo had a rough go. Both were intended for North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un.

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While Mr Pompeo hailed progress from the talks, the results he announced on Saturday will do little to quell unease that North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation, made when Mr Trump met with Mr Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month, is a facade and it has no intention of giving up its weapons.

"On this trip, I'm seeking to fill in some details on these commitments and continue the momentum toward implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world", Mr Pompeo said.

Pompeo offered a different view on the discussions when he talked to reporters on Saturday.

"There is perhaps a two-to-three-month window over the summer to do so before Washington will need to return the focus back to maximum pressure", Cronin said, referring to a USA -led drive to press North Korea to give up its arms programmes through tough worldwide sanctions, from which Pyongyang has been seeking relief.

Nauert declined to characterize the discussions so far, but said, "We expect them to live up to their commitments".

There had been previous signs that all was not well on the diplomatic front during Pompeo's trip, which marked the most most significant engagement between the countries since the Trump-Kim summit on June 12 in Singapore. "Trump then asked Kim if he knew the song, and Kim said no", the source said, according to the report.

It is not yet clear whether Pompeo will meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before departing Pyongyang for Tokyo where he is expected to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts. North Korea, however, slammed the USA for making "rapacious" demands during the talks.

Pompeo, accompanied by senior State Department and Central Intelligence Agency officials, held several hours of talks on Friday evening and had a working dinner with Kim Yong Chol at which both were "cracking jokes" and "exchanging pleasantries", according to Nauert.