North Korea’s Version of the Meeting Differs from Mike Pompeo’s Statements
North Korea version of the meeting states the US attitude at the latest talks “regrettable”.
The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, contradicted the version of events given by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before.
Pompeo had said progress was made during the two days he was in Pyongyang to discuss the issue. He met with Kim Yong-chol, widely seen as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s right-hand man. It was the first time he had visited North Korea since the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit in Singapore.
The North Korean statement, carried by the official KCNA news agency, said the US had gone against the spirit of the summit by putting unilateral pressure on the country to abandon its nuclear weapons.
Pompeo gave little away about the talks’ content, but he said they had discussed at length 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 said, shortly before North Korea gave its far more critical take on the meeting.