Pompeo seeks clarity in denuclearization talks with NKorea

Mike Pompeo says goodbye to Kim Yong Chol

"Some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", he said, according to a pool report from usa reporters who accompanied him to Pyongyang. With its rhetoric Saturday, the regime tried to drive that home, objecting to Pompeo's demand that denuclearization be complete and verifiable - even though that has been the administration's ostensible objective all along. -North Korea talks, as both sides were coming to the table with fundamentally different views of what they were bargaining with.

He simply said that a good deal of time was devoted to discussing that and the declaration of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile facilities.

The officials reportedly discussed a range of issues, including the return of the remains of United States troops killed during the Korean War.

USA intelligence officials earlier told Reuters Pompeo wanted to agree on at least an initial list of nuclear sites and an inventory that could be checked against available intelligence.

North Korea's statement bashed hopes for a quick deal and is sure to fuel growing skepticism in the USA over how serious Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal.

The Secretary told reporters that they made progress in every element of their discussion, . but did not elaborate on whether a timeline has been set for North Korea's "complete denuclearization".

"There is still much work to do to establish what the precise timeline of the various events will be", Pompeo said in Tokyo.

Despite reports from South Korean media outlets, State Dept. spokeswoman Heather Nauert told NBC News on Saturday that no CD was given to Kim.

Pompeo just hours earlier said the two sides engaged in "good-faith negotiations". "He deserves credit for doing so", Revere wrote in an email.

"These are complicated issues but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues". "Welcome to our world, Mr. Secretary".

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Although he met Friday with Kim Yong Chol, the vice chairman of the country's Party Central Committee, Pompeo did not meet with Kim on his trip to Pyongyang.

At the beginning of the meeting, Kim Yong Chol said both sides held "a very serious discussion on very important matters yesterday".

"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster", said Pompeo, noting that US demands for North Korea to denuclearize were supported by a consensus at the U.N. Security Council.

"I know my counterpart [Kim Yong-choi] spoke with Chairman Kim during the course of our negotiations as well".

"So the work that we do, the path toward complete denuclearization, building a relationship between our two countries, is vital for a brighter North Korea and the success that our two presidents demand of us", Pompeo said.

The US-North Korea talks are being closely watched across Asia.

Nauert said Pompeo called Trump on Saturday morning to update him on the talks, a call that included White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton.

Pompeo's visit represents the highest level meeting between United States and North Korean officials since Trump and Kim Jong Un held their unprecedented summit in Singapore on June 12.

Pompeo and Kim met for almost three hours Friday and then had dinner amid growing skepticism over how serious Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translating the upbeat rhetoric following his June 12 summit with Trump into concrete action.

"We expected that the USA side would bring itself with a constructive proposal", the spokesman said, without elaborating.

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