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Trump says he's confident North Korea will denuclearize

10 July 2018, 05:00 | Glen Norman

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Kim Yong Chol second from right in Pyongyang on July 7

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Kim Yong Chol second from right in Pyongyang on July 7

Undeterred by a blistering rebuke of his efforts to forge a denuclearization deal with North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Sunday appealed for North Korea's leadership to follow Vietnam's path in overcoming past hostilities with the United States.

The diplomatic divide served as another indicator that the two long-time adversaries were no closer to détente despite last month's agreement between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their historic summit in Singapore.

The lawmaker's comments come one-day after North Korea criticized the US for their push for denuclearization. "The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know that critics will try to minimize the work that we've achieved".

China is North Korea's biggest trading partner.

"While we are encouraged by the progress of these talks, progress alone does not justify the easing of the sanctions regime", he said.

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"Some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", said Pompeo, according to a pool report from US reporters who accompanied him to Pyongyang.

Pompeo downplayed North Korea's criticism on Sunday, telling a reporter that Pyongyang did not have an issue with the idea of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization - a term better known by its acronym, CVID - despite the North Korean Foreign Ministry singling out the phrase in its statement.

"We agreed to the denuclearisation of North Korea", he wrote, despite the fact that the declaration signed by the two leaders refers to the denuclearisation of the "Korean peninsula" - a vague formula that leaves room for various interpretations. -South Korean military exercises.

South Korea's so-called peace stocks - a group of companies that stand to benefit from increased economic ties with North Korea - slumped on Monday. The statement called for a series of simultaneous actions from both sides, including exchanges to improve relations, the dismantling of a North Korean missile-engine testing ground and talks to return the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War. He added that his two days of talks with senior North Korean officials had "made progress" and included a "detailed and substantive discussion about the next steps towards a fully verified and complete denuclearization".

"Most of the time you don't come back with anything".

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Despite the expectations, the remains were not returned and Pompeo was not granted a meeting with Kim.

DPRK is short for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official title. The larger question is whether North Korea really intends to surrender its nuclear weapons entirely.

"No-one walked away from that, they're still equally committed", he said, just hours before the North issues their own, less optimistic, view of the negotiations. "The North Koreans understand that and have not challenged that".

"I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding", said CNN global affairs analyst Joseph Yun, a former top United States diplomat on North Korea policy.

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