U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday urged North Korea to follow the example of Vietnam, saying President Donald Trump believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi's path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.
Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs during which he has met with Kim Jong-un, Pompeo spent the night at a government guesthouse in Pyongyang and did not see the North Korean leader, although United States officials had suggested such a meeting was expected.
Pompeo called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to replicate Vietnam's "miracle" of economic growth by improving ties with the US, vowing that America keeps its promises with former foes.
Pompeo told reporters the countries had "made progress on nearly all the central issues". "But this expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be gullible".
The North Korean spokesman added that the talks were "very concerning" and that they could lead to a "dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm", according to the AP.
Pompeo said before leaving for Pyongyang he was seeking to "fill in" details on North Korea's commitments and maintain the momentum towards implementing the Singapore agreement between Trump and Kim.
Following two days of diplomatic talks in North Korea, Pompeo told reporters this morning that "a good deal of time" had been spent discussing a timeline for slowing down nuclear ambitions.
"If they are able to do this, they will be remembered, and Chairman Kim will be remembered, as a hero of the Korean people".
For now, those results must remain in the future, and the commentary from North Korean state media underscored how daunting the task remains in achieving them. Two days of talks with senior North Korean officials had 'made progress, ' he said, and included a 'detailed and substantive discussion about the next steps'.
Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha received an update on what progress has been made since the June 12 summit in Singapore in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised U.S. President Donald Trump to work toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert added that this meeting will be held at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, involving working-level officials including those from the Defense Department.
"We did have very serious discussions on very important matters yesterday", Kim said. He also discussed the repatriation of the remains of United States soldiers missing from the 1950-'53 Korean War.
"We still cherish our good faith in President Trump", the spokesman said. -North Korea talks, the government also suggested it was taking a cautiously optimistic view of events.
As the day began, Pompeo left the compound to go to a location where he could make a secure call to Trump away from potential surveillance, then returned to restart talks at around 9:00 a.m. (0000 GMT, 8:00 am in Manila).
"The Kim regime wouldn't want to be seen as if they were somehow being pressured to cave in to the US' demands", he said. Now, three weeks later, the two sides were still at odds on all issues, including exactly what denuclearization means and how it might be verified, after a third visit to Pyongyang by Pompeo.
She said the two sides had also discussed the return of the remains of American troops killed during the Korean War.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dismissed a North Korean report that described his recent meetings with a North Korean official as "regrettable". North Korea committed at last month's summit to the "immediate repatriation" of remains already identified, but that hasn't happened yet.