N. Korea accuses Pompeo of having ‘foolish ideas’ on denuclearization

Choe Son-hui

Choe Son-hui

A North Korean official warned on Tuesday that the U.S. would face "unintended consequences" if Washington did not change their policy toward the country's denuclearization, a report said.

Pompeo made his comments last week in an interview with CBS television in which he said ongoing nuclear talks with North Korea would be "bumpy" and "challenging", while expressing confidence about ultimately brokering a path to full denuclearization.

Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February with no deal reached on the North's denuclearisation.

In a speech to the rubber-stamp parliament earlier this month, Kim said he would wait until the end of the year "for the U.S. to make a courageous decision" to change its approach and smooth the path to another meeting.

"If the U.S. fails to re-establish its position within the timeline we gave, it will see truly undesired consequences". "But it will only be possible under the condition the United States changes its method of calculation, and re-establishes its position".

Choe said negotiations are being made hard by the United States.

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North Korea also demanded that the Trump administration remove Pompeo from the nuclear negotiations, accusing him of downplaying the significance of Kim's comments that the United States has until the end of the year to salvage the nuclear talks.

Asked about North Korea's call for a new US approach, Pompeo told Fox News he remained "hopeful" about prospects for advancing denuclearization but added pointedly that it was Pyongyang's move.

As a response, Pompeo said that he has no plans to leave his post.

And if the USA did not change its stance by the end of this year, it will "face (an) unwanted outcome", she said, without elaborating further.

When asked about the North Korean calls for him to be dropped from the talks, Mr Pompeo confirmed that he was still leading the USA negotiating team.

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