North Korea warns U.S. attitude is 'highly REGRETTABLE' as tensions soar

North Korea warns U.S. attitude is 'highly REGRETTABLE' as tensions soar

On his first trip to Pyongyang following what was billed by the Trump administration as a triumphant summit last month with Kim Jong Un, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sounded fairly upbeat, saying "progress" had been made in talks to get North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was ensconced in an elegant Pyongyang guest house for a second day of talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man Kim Yong Chol.

A letter from Kim to Trump was also delivered to Pompeo through Kim Yong-chol, a top North Korean party official.

However, he emphasized that the North still has trust in U.S. President Donald Trump, apparently hinting that Pyongyang wants to keep the ongoing denuclearization talks on track.

The Republican senator pushed back against Trump's comments following his summit with Kim Jong Un last month that the North Korean leader would begin denuclearization quickly and that the country no longer posed a nuclear threat.

North Korean officials, however, said some of the issues the US raised were the same issues that sank previous talks of denuclearization.

"However, the attitude of the USA in the first high-level talks held on the 6th and 7th were indeed regrettable". "But expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be foolish", read the statement.

They accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons, and said the outcome was "concerning" as it has led to a 'dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm'.

However, the president has since renewed sanctions on North Korea, while United States intelligence officials have said there is evidence North Korea continues to upgrade the infrastructure for its nuclear and missile programmes.

North Korea's latest comments, which came after Mr Pompeo said talks had made progress, are a reminder of the difficulties that previous USA administrations have had negotiating with the reclusive Stalinist state and suggest that Pyongyang may not agree to any rapid denuclearisation.

"First, let's get a wrap up of Secretary Pompeo's meeting in Pyongyang, and what we know so far". It is believed to be a negotiating tactic by the North Koreans.

'The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know critics will try to minimize what we have achieved, ' he said. "Some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done".

Those include the formation of working group to determine exactly how North Korea's denuclearisation will be verified and a Thursday meeting with Pentagon officials to discuss the return of remains of Americans soldiers killed during the Korean War. North Korean officials have yet to demonstrate that in working-level talks, the intelligence officials said.

But Kim has yet to provide details of how or when North Korea might dismantle a weapons program that Trump has vowed will not be allowed to threaten the United States.

Pompeo replied: "Director Kim, I slept just fine".

Pompeo is in Tokyo to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the talks, which he has characterised as productive.

"There are things that I have to clarify as well", Pompeo responded.

The talks are part of a broader USA initiative to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Pompeo wanted to agree on at least an initial list of nuclear sites and an inventory that could be checked against the available intelligence, USA intelligence officials told Reuters earlier.

Pompeo said more talks were needed on both.

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