BEIJING BETRAYAL? Trump Accuses China of MEDDLING in North Korea Talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Following up on the historic meeting between the Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump in Singapore last month (June), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea on July 6 for further talks.

In Tokyo on Sunday, Pompeo rejected the suggestion the two sides were far apart, describing North Korean officials as more receptive to USA demands behind closed doors.

North Korea has accused the U.S. of using "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks.

The talks came amid growing concern among nuclear experts that North Korea is not taking steps toward denuclearization and uncertainty as to what President Trump and Kim Jong Un meant when they committed to it in Singapore last month.

"We talked about what the North Koreans are continuing to do and how it's the case that we can get our arms around achieving what Chairman Kim and President Trump both agreed to", he said.

Hyundai Elevator, the largest shareholder of the operator of Mount Geumgan resort in North Korea, tumbled 12% as of 1:36 p.m.in Seoul, while Namhae Chemical, Hyundai Rotem, and Hyundai Engineering & Construction, fell, as well. During the trilateral meeting in Tokyo, Kono thanked Pompeo for that, a senior Foreign Ministry official said later on Sunday.

"The issues the U.S. side insisted on during the talks were the same cancerous ones that the past USA administrations had insisted on", the ministry said, referring to the idea of compete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.

Practically, assuaging Kim's security fears could require risky choices for the U.S. and its North Asian allies, such as rolling back America's nuclear umbrella or pulling back its troops in South Korea.

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South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha said that the North had balked at a written pledge for "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" for historical reasons, but stressed that the goal remained the same whether or not that exact phrase was used.

Before Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol dove into Saturday's long day of negotiations, Kim Yong Chol made some snarky comments as he sat with Pompeo in front of cameras.

China is North Korea's traditional ally and main trading partner, and is a key influence on Pyongyang. -Vietnamese business community in Hanoi, Pompeo said Vietnam's experience since the normalization of relations with the U.S.in 1995 should be proof for North Korea that prosperity and partnership with the U.S.is possible after decades of conflict and mistrust.

The North Koreans had a different take.

"It seems the U.S. misunderstood our goodwill and patience", the statement said.

"I think we made progress in every element of our discussions", he said, according to a pool report from usa reporters who accompanied him to Pyongyang. Kim, who previously held the position of Special Envoy for North Korea Policy, met with his North Korean counterparts Sunday in Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea shortly before Pompeo's trip.

North Korea said it offered to discuss the closure of a missile engine test site, which would "physically affirm" a move to halt the production of intercontinental range ballistic missiles, and setting up working-level discussions for the return of U.S. war remains.

Mr Trump also expressed doubts about Beijing's attitude toward the negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, suggesting that China could play a counterproductive role due to the trade war that has seen the world's two largest economies slap tariffs on each other's goods. Pompeo spoke with Trump, Bolton and White House chief of staff John Kelly on Saturday before his second round of meetings with Kim Yong Chol.

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