Trump suggests China might be interfering in North Korea talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for a meeting with Kim Yong Chol a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief for a second day of talks at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang

It calls into question the U.S. effort to extract concessions from Pyongyang and underscores a vast difference in the way the two sides view the agreement between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month. But he tweeted, "Hope Not!"

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to members of the media following two days of meetings with Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, before boarding his plane in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, July 7, 2018, to Japan.

'If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster, ' Pompeo said, noting that numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions have demanded that the North rid itself of nuclear weapons and end its ballistic missile program.

While Mr Pompeo on Saturday touted "progress on nearly all of the central issues", the North's Foreign Ministry hours later slammed the U.S. for its "deeply regrettable" attitude in making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands.

North Korea's statement bashed hopes for a quick deal and is sure to fuel growing skepticism in the USA over how serious Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal.

"Particularly, they have suggested that they are disappointed by the USA insistence on focusing on the denuclearisation plans over what they described as big-picture issues", she said.

One mistake Richardson said the USA made in its negotiations with Pyongyang was "going first" and announcing the termination of some military exercises with South Korea.

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"In principle the interests that the president of the United States has shown is that they want to denuclearise North Korea so their territory is not in danger, and that of course is something that has to do with their own interests", Ojea Quintana told AFP in Seoul.

President Trump said he has "confidence" North Korea's leader will abide by their agreement to denuclearize despite the regime's comments characterizing United States behavior in the ongoing negotiations as "gangster-like".

So it came as some surprise when North Korea's state news agency fired out a late-night missive blasting the talks, warning that "we may be shaken in our unshakeable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust".

Mr Pompeo also sought to dispel suggestions the Trump administration had backed down from demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons.

"I see China's hands all over this", said Graham after Pyongyang's dismissive remarks about Pompeo, adding that he thought the Chinese were "pulling back" North Korea because of the US-China trade dispute. "China understands this. The US is looking increasingly isolated".

Mr Pompeo said that in past two decades, USA bilateral trade with Vietnam had grown 8,000 per cent, and American companies had poured in billions of dollars of investments.

The regime's belief that the weapons are needed to deter a United States attack dates back almost 70 years to the still-unresolved Korean War, and will take more than a handshake to dispel. "We agreed to the denuclearisation of North Korea", Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday. He said he is "hopeful" there will be a "path forward" in negotiations with North Korea.

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