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North Korea talks sidelining human rights: United Nations rapporteur

10 July 2018

As Pompeo left the North Korean capital Saturday, he told reporters that the trip had been "productive" and that progress had been made on a number of issues.

The Trump-Kim summit in Singapore was roundly criticized by experts because it failed to nail down concrete steps or a time line to have the North abandon all its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, and because the two leaders merely agreed to work toward the "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"The Kim regime wouldn't want to be seen as if they were somehow being pressured to cave in to the US' demands", he said.

"North Korea expected Pompeo to bring a concrete proposal for security guarantee but it was disappointed as the U.S. side reiterated the old demand that the North should denuclearise first before the United States gives it anything in return".

The North Korean statement indicated such gestures hadn't gone far enough, saying the USA moves were "highly reversible" and left its military force intact "without scraping even a rifle".

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"I think it was a pretty bad start to the process, but it doesn't mean it's over yet", said Hill, noting that North Korea talks were tough by nature.

As they began their talks on Saturday, Kim Yong Chol alluded to the fact that Pompeo and his delegation had stayed overnight in Pyongyang.

"So why wouldn't Kim Jong Un dig in his heels with Pompeo and press his advantage?" Some analysts think North Korea is trying to drag out talks in hopes that the U.S. will come around to accepting it as a nuclear weapons state, perhaps in a limited form that couldn't threaten the USA mainland directly. They buy $100 billion from us.

In a speech on Sunday in Vietnam, Pompeo urged North Korea to follow the example of Vietnam, saying he believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi's path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that the setback in talks between the United States and North Korea could be blamed on China.

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The lawmaker's comments come one-day after North Korea criticized the US for their push for denuclearization. "The U.S. should make a serious consideration of whether the toleration of the headwind against the wills of the two top leaders would meet the aspirations and expectations of the world people as well as the interests of its country", the statement concluded.

The US president and North Korean leader met in Singapore nearly a month ago for an unprecedented summit between sitting leaders of the two countries, which resulted in a general joint declaration that did not include a timetable or concrete commitments from North Korea on denuclearisation. "It can be your miracle in North Korea as well", Mr Pompeo said. "The North Koreans understand that and have not challenged that".

And Pompeo was adamant that those further negotiations would go ahead.

He also said talks had yielded an agreement to form a "working-level" group to oversee day-to-day interactions between the United States and North Korea. "Sanctions will remain in place until final, fully verified denuclearization". "This really shows the unwavering bond of the Japan-U.S. alliance", Abe said.

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North Korea talks sidelining human rights: United Nations rapporteur