"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster," says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, noting that numerous UNSC resolutions have demanded the North rid itself of nuclear weapons and end its ballistic missile programme.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met North Korean leaders in Pyongyang for two days of talks. He left saying the talks were 'productive'. On the other hand, North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman described the talks as 'regrettable'.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his first trip to Pyongyang since President Donald Trump's summit with leader Kim Jong-un last month, vowing to get specifics on commitments Kim made on denuclearisation.
Despite reports that North Korea is continuing its nuclear program, the White House remains upbeat that denuclearisation will happen.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to leave for North Korea on Thursday for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to take steps towards establishing complete denuclearisation and to cooperate on future economic opportunities and infrastructure projects during Moon's visit to Russia.
The meeting in North Korea's Mount Kumgang comes as a part of efforts to improve relations between the two countries that had deteriorated over the North's nuclear and missile programmes.
China's President Xi Jingping and the DPRK's leader Kim Jong-un assessed the summit meeting Kim had with US President Donald Trump in Singapore last week and exchanged opinions on ways to resolve the issue of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Asia persuading Washington's allies in the region that denuclearisation by Pyongyang will happen before sanctions are lifted. North Korea says it will disarm in step-by-step process.
Remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came a day after an unprecedented summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
North Korean state media says the US President Donald Trump agreed to remove sanctions against Pyongyang in addition to providing security guarantees in the "historic" summit with the North's leader Kim Jong-un.
The meeting between the leaders of North Korea and the United States has raised cautious hopes in the region that a new page could be turning in the troubled history of the Korean Peninsula.
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