In a lengthy statement issued on July 7, shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's two-day, the communist regime accused the United States of making unilateral "gangster-like demands" and called Washington's stance "regrettable".
But a series of recent reports based on USA intelligence officials and satellite images have shown that the North Koreans are continuing their nuclear activities and expanding infrastructure, raising skepticism over their intentions.More news: NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison: Trump to "encourage" Putin to change behavior
Pompeo said there was progress made in his talks in Pyongyang, calling them "productive", but admitted that there's work to be done on a much-awaited timeline for denuclearization. Trump has used "Rocket Man" as a nickname for Kim beginning previous year, in a mocking reference to North Korea's frequent missile tests.
Pompeo insisted the talks were making progress, but as soon as he left, the North's foreign ministry berated him over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and for offering no constructive steps on the US side.
It was followed by North Korea's Foreign Ministry issuing a statement criticizing Pompeo for "gangster-like" demands.
Another smart play would be to use the upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit as an opportunity for a full-throated joint message to Kim that if he wants to continue to travel and meet world leaders, then he needs to commit to abandoning all nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles or face further sanctions.More news: Ivan Rakitic Hoping To Outdo The Croatian Heroes Of 1998 World Cup
"Particularly, they have suggested that they are disappointed by the United States insistence on focusing on the denuclearisation plans over what they described as big-picture issues", she said.
"If those requests are gangster-like, the world is a gangster because there was a unanimous decision at the U.N. Security Council about what needs to be achieved", he said.
South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha said that the North had balked at a written pledge for "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" for historical reasons, but stressed that the goal remained the same whether or not that exact phrase was used. "We had detailed, substantive conversations about the next steps toward a fully verified and complete denuclearization".
China is North Korea's biggest trading partner.
That said, Trump still intends for the CD "to be given at a different period". "The issues the USA side insisted on during the talks were the same cancerous ones that the past US administrations had insisted on", the North Korea's foreign ministry said.More news: Wildfire Updates: Firefighters Make Progress Containing Northern California Fires