After meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo North Korea calls US approach to denuclearization “gangster like.”

I think everybody saw this coming.

Courtesy of WaPo:

In a sharp signal that denuclearization negotiations with North Korea will be drawn out and difficult, Pyongyang on Saturday lambasted the U.S. stance as regrettable, gangster-like and cancerous, directly contradicting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s rosy assessment that his two days of talks had been “productive.”

A harsh statement from an unnamed spokesman for the Foreign Ministry was carried on the state-run Korea Central News Agency just hours after Pompeo left Pyongyang on Saturday and told reporters that significant progress had been made “in every element” of what he characterized as “good-faith negotiations.” Pyongyang crushed that appraisal, saying the United States had betrayed the spirit of the June 12 Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“The U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,” the statement said.

“The issues the U.S. side insisted on during the talks were the same cancerous ones that the past U.S. administrations had insisted on,” it added.

Though North Korea still has faith in Trump, the statement said, it warned that the U.S. approach had brought the two countries to a “dangerous” stage that could “rattle our willingness for denuclearization.”

Some suggest that this might simply be a negotiating tactic by North Korea, or it could demonstrate an actual frustration with the way that the Trump Administration is conducting these negotiations.

Either way, it is a clear reminder as to why one does not assume they have solved a nuclear crisis without first getting a clear deal down on paper to which both sides have agreed and signed.

You know, like the Obama Administration did with Iran. 

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  1. ANONYMOUS July 8, 2018 at 8:41 am

    ““When we spoke to them about denuclearization, they did not push back,” Pompeo told a news conference. “The road ahead will be difficult and challenging and we know that critics will try to minimize the work that we’ve achieved.”
    Pompeo spoke after North Korea said the talks “brought us in a dangerous situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust.”
    “Leaked U.S. intelligence findings have concluded that North Korea does not intend to give up its nuclear program completely.”
    “Pompeo said he did not meet Kim on his latest visit to Pyongyang, as he had done twice before, and he had not anticipated doing so. The White House said before the trip that he would meet Kim.

    In a speech later on Sunday in Vietnam, Pompeo urged North Korea to follow the example of Vietnam, saying he believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi’s path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.

    “The United States has been clear on what we seek from North Korea…,” Pompeo said in Hanoi. “The choice now lies with North Korea and its people.

    “If they are able to do this, they will be remembered, and Chairman Kim will be remembered, as a hero of the Korean people.”
    “Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on Twitter there was a danger military action could be called for because Trump might now claim he had tried diplomacy but was betrayed by Kim.

    “But a rushed summit and demands that NK denuclearize in short order or else is not a serious test of diplomacy,” Haass tweeted.
    “KCNA said Pyongyang had offered to discuss declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War to mark next month’s anniversary of the armistice agreement. It said the U.S. side had shown little interest, giving
    “certain conditions and excuses”.”

  2. Marthe July 8, 2018 at 9:11 am

    The dumb twit thinks that he can stage a PR exercise halfway across the world, spin a story about having achieved what other presidents could not because he’s the greatest negotiator of all times and declare victory. He’s so full of himself that he thinks he’s not going to be called out by the other party and he will be free to continue with his charade.

    Only his equally dumb supporters believe him. The rest of the world knows better. I hope he gets called out relentlessly by the press until his supporters begin to doubt him too.

  3. Anonymous July 8, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Autocrats around the world are tightening their grip on power and undermining democracy. What are the four stages to watch for?

    Trump administration takes another major swipe at the Affordable Care Act

  4. Anonymous July 8, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Trump administration comes out against breastfeeding worldwide to placate baby formula makers — until Russia objects

    Trump’s administration has sided with the baby formula industry and against a resolution that encourages breastfeeding.

    According to The New York Times, a United Nations-backed World Health Assembly resolution about breastfeeding was expected to be approved “quickly and easily” until the Trump administration opposed it based on “interests of infant formula manufacturers.”

    American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.

    When that failed, they turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions. Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure, was the first to find itself in the cross hairs.

    The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced.

    “We were astonished, appalled and also saddened,” Baby Milk Action policy director Patti Rundall told the Times. “What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the U.S. holding the world hostage and trying to overturn nearly 40 years of consensus on best way to protect infant and young child health.”

  5. Anonymous July 8, 2018 at 11:25 am

    “But he’s making the world respect us again.”

  6. Anonymous July 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    What deal, there never was a deal except in trump’s head. And he still doesn’t understand having “private” meetings is stupid. See little donnie, we told you so.

  7. Anonymous July 8, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    “The clip that Cohen revealed Sunday afternoon featured a clip of Dick Cheney signing what he was told was a “waterboarding kit.”

    “Sure!” Cheney said. “That’s a first. That’s the first time I signed signed a waterboard.”

    Promotions for the show indicate it will be politically focused. Cohen is scheduled to premiere on July 15 on Showtime.”


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