Still, the veteran diplomat sees the need for Pompeo, with the backing of the president, to continue negotiating with North Korea for the sake of the US, its allies in the region and the rest of the world.
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Both US and North Korean officials discussed what full denuclearization would mean at the high-level talks, he said. Pompeo just hours earlier said the two sides engaged in "good-faith negotiations".
"We know it is a real possibility because we see how Vietnam has travelled this remarkable path", Mr Pompeo said.
The comments came after Pompeo had earlier Sunday in Tokyo brushed aside North Korea's accusation that the USA was making "gangster-like" denuclearization demands of the North. There were suggestions Friday night that the Kim visit was pushed to Saturday, but ultimately it never happened.
The peace process between the United States and North Korea was in crisis Sunday after Pyongyang angrily rejected Washington's "gangster-like" demand for rapid nuclear disarmament, despite two days of intense talks. The statement was sure to fuel growing skepticism in the US and elsewhere over how serious Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal.
Critics and analysts who study North Korea have argued that the country's commitment to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", as spelled out in a joint declaration from the Singapore summit, doesn't go as far as other promises to give up its nuclear weapons that North Korea had made - and reneged upon - many times in the past. The comments are a setback for Pompeo, who had hoped that he could had off future negotiations to working groups settled on by the two sides at the latest meeting.
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The top USA official also shrugged off Pyongyang's accusation of Washington's "gangster-like" demands on denuclearization, remarking that if he paid attention to every media report, he'd "go nuts". "Why should the North Koreans make concessions to one of Trump's aides given the president's record of undercutting them?" "The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know that critics will try to minimise the work that we've achieved".
Today, Japan's Mr Kono thanked Mr Pompeo and said the three allies had reaffirmed a commitment to keeping sanctions on North Korea until it abandoned nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of all ranges.
Pompeo said he had won commitments for new discussions on denuclearization and announced a Thursday meeting between US and North Korean military officials on the repatriation of the remains.
Nauert said Pompeo's discussions with North Korean officials also included repatriation of American Korean War remains.
However, Pompeo noted that punitive sanctions, which have been imposed on Pyongyang since 2008, will remain in place until "final, fully verified denuclearization." .
Nauert on Saturday told reporters that Pompeo did not meet Kim during this visit to North Korea but also that they had not expected him to. North Korea committed at last month's summit to the "immediate repatriation" of remains already identified, but that hasn't happened yet. The promised remains have yet to be delivered.
Pompeo downplayed North Korea's statement after the talks in which the country's foreign ministry bashed hopes for a quick deal and accused the USA of making "gangster-like" demands aimed at forcing it to abandon nuclear weapons.
"However, the attitude of the U.S. in the first high-level talks held on the 6th and 7th were indeed regrettable".
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Trump, however, has continued to boast of the results of the summit, even in the face of skepticism from some US lawmakers. It is Pompeo's third visit this year to North Korea and the first where he will stay overnight.