North Korea’s Decision to Denuclearize Might Falter

To go nukes or otherwise

North Korea has accused the US of using “gangster-like” tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament. It also claims that the US attitude at the meeting was “extremely troubling”.

“We had anticipated the US side would come with a constructive idea; thinking we would take something in return,” the North Korean statement said, “resolve for denuclearisation “.”The US is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that North Korea would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset,” it added.

In his assessment, Mr. Pompeo said they had discussed a timeline for disarmament, including the destruction of a missile engine testing facility. “These are complicated issues, but we made progress on almost all of the central issues, some places a great deal of progress, other places there’s still more work to be done,” he explained.

A state department spokesperson said “Mr. Pompeo had been very firm in focusing on denuclearisation, as well as on security assurances and another important US demand”

On Saturday’s meeting, Kim Yong-Chol joked that Mr. Pompeo may not have slept well during his overnight stay at a guesthouse in Pyongyang to which Mr. Pompeo replied that he had “slept just fine”.

At first President Donald Trump exited the Iran deal, demanding that Tehran sign a fresh agreement that cuts off its path to making a bomb, then the administration announced a first-ever meeting with the leader of North Korea; Kim Jong Un.

The White House has made clear that it envisions the reduction of nuclear weapons as a one-way street. The imbalance is built into the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, which went into effect in 1970. It prohibits all states that did not already have the bomb from building nuclear weapons.

North Korea has accused the US of making “robber-like” demands in denuclearization talks. “We expected that the US side would come with productive measures conducive to building trust in line with the spirit of the North-US summit and we considered providing something that would correspond to them.”

Mr. Pompeo shared that  North Korea was still committed to the complete denuclearization of the peninsula. But KCNA later criticised the US “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation”.

“The US just came out with such unilateral and robber-like denuclearisation demands as CVID, declaration, and verification that go against the spirit of the North-US summit,” said KCNA, added that the “shortest path to denuclearisation would be to boldly break away from the failure-ridden methods of the past”.

“Either some of us are taking crazy pills and hallucinating about the canyon between US and DPRK interpretations, or this jig will be up soon one way or another,” tweeted Vipin Narang.

Press said that North Korea had also said it would “wholly maintain our trust toward President Trump”.

“The US attitude and positions at the high-level talks on Friday and Saturday were extremely regrettable,” the North’s foreign ministry said.

The “fastest way” to achieve a nuclear-free Korean peninsula was through a phased approach under which both sides took steps at the same time, KCNA said. “But through the high-level talks, the trust between the DPRK and the United States is facing a dangerous situation where our resolve for denuclearization, which has been firm and steadfast, may falter,” described the North Korean sportsman.