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WorldTrump, Pompeo brush aside Kim's deadline for nuclear talks flexibility

02:50  16 april  2019
02:50  16 april  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Kim Jong-un of North Korea, left, and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea at Panmunjom in the Mr. Trump said he would still insist on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in the talks . By issuing the latest threat, the North reverted to his earlier hard- line stance on retaining nuclear

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Trump, Pompeo brush aside Kim's deadline for nuclear talks flexibility© Reuters/Leah Millis FILE PHOTO: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump talk in the garden of the Metropole hotel during the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday brushed aside North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's demand for Washington to show more flexibility in nuclear talks by year-end, with Pompeo saying Kim should keep his promise to give up his nuclear weapons before then.

Asked about Kim's statement last week that he was only interested in meeting Trump again if the United States came with the right attitude, Pompeo told reporters that the president was "determined to move forward diplomatically."

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Mike Pompeo on Sunday brushed aside North Korea' s accusation of "gangster-like" demands, maintaining that his third visit to the country was Pompeo downplayed North Korea' s statement after the talks in which the country' s foreign ministry bashed hopes for a quick deal and accused the U. S

President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea met for the first time before heading to a one-on-one meeting.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The Brash, impulsive leaders who only a few months ago taunted each other across a nuclear abyss, Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim set aside their threats in a gamble that

But Pompeo said Kim had made a commitment to denuclearize and "we collectively need to see that outcome move forward."

"Our teams are working with the North Koreans ... to chart a path forward so that we can get there. He said he wanted it done by the end of the year. I’d love to see that done sooner."

Trump and Kim have met twice, in Hanoi in February and Singapore in June, seeming to build personal goodwill but failing to agree on a deal to lift sanctions in exchange for North Korea abandoning its nuclear and missile programs.

The Hanoi talks collapsed after Trump proposed a "big deal" in which sanctions would be lifted if North Korea handed over all its nuclear weapons to the United States. He rejected partial denuclearization steps offered by Kim.

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At the Singapore summit, Kim made a broad commitment to “work toward denuclearization of the Ahead of the Singapore summit, Pompeo said Trump would reject anything short of “complete The official said that the North Koreans had largely refused in talks with Sung Kim to respond to attempts

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Breaking his silence on the summit in a speech to North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly on Friday, Kim said it was "essential for the U.S. to quit its current calculation method and approach us with a new one."

He said the outcome in Hanoi led him to question the strategy he embraced last year of international engagement and talks with the United States.

Kim said his personal relationship with Trump was still good, but that he had no interest in a third summit if it were a repeat of Hanoi.

He said North Korea would "wait for a bold decision from the U.S. with patience till the end of this year," raising the potential for the unresolved North Korea nuclear issue to become a liability for Trump during his 2020 re-election bid.

TRUMP: NORTH KOREA ISSUE 'MOVING ALONG'

In a speech on Monday in Burnsville, Minnesota, Trump nevertheless maintained an upbeat tone on North Korea, saying the issue was "moving along" with Pyongyang sticking to a freeze in nuclear and missile testing in place since 2017.

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Pompeo and Trump advisers stressed that North Korea had agreed to suspend missile tests and to allow the US and allies to continue conducting military exercises in the region. At the Pennsylvania rally, Trump urged supporters not to boo when he mentioned Kim , saying that “for now we have to be very

Trump and Kim sign a nuclear pledge at the Singapore summit. The next steps in the negotiating process will be key to the deal' s implementation Supposedly Pompeo and Bolton will continue to meet with North Korean officials in coming weeks to work out the details. After Trump ' s remarks in the

He again stressed his "very good relationship" with Kim "who just said the other day he looks forward to more talks."

"Talk is OK. Talk is OK," Trump said adding that he did not want the process to move fast. "It doesn't have to move fast. Right now it's moving along just perfectly. And we have a good relationship, the sanctions are on ... there's a lot of constructive things going on."

On Saturday, Trump said a third summit with Kim "would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand."

Despite Trump's and Pompeo's remarks, U.S. officials have acknowledged that the two sides have failed to agree on a definition of denuclearization. And in a year of talks, Pyongyang has given no public indication of willingness to abandon its weapons program unilaterally as Washington has demanded.

At a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington last Thursday, Trump expressed a willingness for a third summit with Kim but said Washington would leave sanctions in place.

On Friday, Kim accused Washington of escalating hostility "despite its suggestion for settling the issue through dialogue" and called the U.S. policy of sanctions and pressure "as foolish and dangerous an act as trying to put out fire with oil."

Last month, a senior North Korean official warned that Kim might rethink the test freeze unless Washington makes concessions such as easing sanctions.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom, Matt Spetalnick, David Alexander and Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Tom Brown)

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