A negotiation process between the US and North Korea has broken down just three days after Kim Yong Chol and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo first met to discuss denuclearization. Yong Chol and his delegation are accusing Pompeo and other American leaders of attempting to strong-arm the country into submission, calling the talks “regrettable.”
• Yong Chol and other North Korean leaders are claiming that American delegates are “abusing the process” and the spirit of the meeting, offering absolutely nothing in return for denuclearization.
• Just last month, another NK delegate called meetings between Trump and North Korea “one-sided and robber-like.” The same delegate stated that the Trump administration was demanding “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.”
• North Korean leaders are now stating that Pompeo has pushed them into a “dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization,” insinuating that their desire to denuclearize is no longer firm.
• A report from North Korean state media explained, “We had expected that the U.S. side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders’ summit.” It also indicated that the NK delegate was expecting to receive “reciprocal measures.”
• However, the sentiment from the other side was far from similar. In fact, Mike Pompeo called the meeting “productive,” saying that it introduced “a great deal of progress.” He did agree that there was “more work to be done.”
• One demand US delegates introduced during the meeting was the repatriation of U.S. soldier remains from the Korean war. Many lost soldiers lay at rest on North Korean soil, even to this day.