"If those requests were "gangster-like" then the world is a gangster, because there was a unanimous decision at the U.N. Security Council about what needs to be achieved", South Korean outlet Yonhap reports that Pompeo told reporters at a press conference in Tokyo, where he landed shortly after spending two days and one night negotiating in Pyongyang.
As he departed Pyongyang, Pompeo said he spent "a good deal of time" discussing a denuclearisation timeline and the declaration of North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities.
There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearisation said, Mike Pompeo. "The North Koreans understand that and have not challenged that".
"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honour the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake". "If Americans go to North Korea and start living there, then there's virtually no chance that the United States would attack it or start lobbing bombs there".
He added that his two days of talks with senior North Korean officials had "made progress" and included a "detailed and substantive discussion about the next steps towards a fully verified and complete denuclearisation".
"This is not the end of the process".
Practically, assuaging Kim's security fears could require risky choices for the USA and its North Asian allies, such as rolling back America's nuclear umbrella or pulling back its troops in South Korea.
"This is standard operating procedure for three generations now of dictators in North Korea", Sen.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Kim Yong Chol (L). "Nobody should be surprised by foot dragging".
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"The US still believes North Korea will denuclearize substantially before we give them any major rewards, while North Korea believes that the two need to move together jointly, and both make concessions".
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 USA war remains.
"That was a fairly serious insult directed against Pompeo", said Christopher Hill, who formerly served as US ambassador to South Korea and lead negotiator with North Korea.
At the summit, Mr. Kim committed to complete denuclearization in return for USA security guarantees. It also destroyed its main nuclear testing site, where it conducted its sixth and most powerful underground nuclear explosion in September.
The North Korean leader says he is committed to denuclearisation, but how this will be achieved is unclear.
While trying to keep the Chinese on board for North Korea negotiations, Trump took a tough stance on trade with China, slapping tariffs last week on $34 billion in Chinese exports to the United States, prompting retaliation in kind from Beijing.
However, following the stinging commentary from the North, he allowed that the goal of denuclearization would be hard and that much work remains.
"I see China's hands all over this. We're in a fight with China", he said on "Fox News Sunday".
After the Singapore summit in June, which also saw the U.S. promise to end military drills with South Korea, Mr Trump claimed that the North no longer posed a nuclear threat.