China may be exerting 'negative pressure' on North Korea

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He said North Korea understood that denuclearisation must be "complete" and "verified".

"At first people paid attention because it was a lecture on South Korea, but as the criticisms continued people began to nod off", the source said.

-North Korea talks, the government also suggested it was taking a cautiously optimistic view of events.

Mr Pompeo said there was still a lot of work to do, but he was confident the North Korean leader would stick to a commitment to abandon nuclear weapons he made during a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore last month.

"We thought that the US side would come with a constructive proposal which accords with the spirit of the DPRK-US summit meeting and talks", it added.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Kim Yong Chol (L).

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Pompeo says sanctions would remain until Pyongyang follows through on leader Kim Jong-un's pledge to get rid of his nuclear weapons.

Speaking privately, United States officials suggested the North Korean statement was a negotiating tactic.

The comments came after Pompeo had earlier Sunday in Tokyo brushed aside North Korea's accusation that the US was making "gangster-like" denuclearization demands of the North.

Pompeo dismissed the stinging North Korean commentary and insisted that he made progress during his talks Friday and Saturday.

In that joint statement, North Korea committed "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake", the Trump wrote on Twitter. -North Korea summit in Singapore, President Donald Trump declared the North was no longer a threat and would hand over the remains of American soldiers.

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When a reporter asked about North Korea's Saturday comments, Pompeo didn't seem too bothered.

The North's state media normally lead their television bulletins and front pages with Kim's doings, but a seven-day absence from the headlines, including during Pompeo's visit, had prompted speculation on his whereabouts among Korea-watchers. However, he left with a harsh reminder that the North Korean leader expects something in return. "But this expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be gullible".

Pompeo said a Pentagon team would be meeting with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working-level talks would be held soon on the destruction of North Korea's missile engine testing facility.

Some analysts and lawmakers have expressed alarm that the talks appear to have run into difficulties, although others see a possible North Korean negotiating ploy. Why should the North Koreans make concessions to one of Trump's aides given the president's record of undercutting them?'

In Washington, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said the negotiations with North Korea have been a "flop" so far.

Pompeo departed North Korea with a far more positive assessment, declaring that progress was made on the central issues of discussion, and downplayed North Korea's "gangster" accusation, responding by saying that "if those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster".

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