In a statement issued by a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman and carried by the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea lashed out at the U.S. for seeking "unilateral and forced denuclearisation" from Pyongyang.
Pompeo insisted the talks were making progress but as soon as he left, the North's foreign ministry berated him over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and for offering no constructive steps on the United States side.
Two days of talks with senior North Korean officials had "made progress", he said, and included a "detailed and substantive discussion about the next steps".
His trip to Pyongyang had been aimed at fleshing out denuclearisation commitments made during last month's historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
As diplomatic engagement increases contact between the two Koreas and reduces hostility across the border, authorities may be anxious ordinary North Koreans might view the South favorably.
The North statement contradicted the version of events given by Pompeo just hours before.
On June 29, NBC Newsreported that, according to USA intelligence officials, North Korea was increasing production of fuel for nuclear weapons and working to hide its activities from the United States.
Still, Pompeo also said Sunday he wanted to maintain a "maximum pressure" campaign against North Korea - a term Trump has said he was avoiding in order to foster diplomacy.
North Korea's latest comments were a reminder of the difficulties that previous USA administrations had negotiating with the reclusive state.
"North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to complete denuclearization", he said on Sunday during a visit to Japan.
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The secretary of state acknowledged that "the road ahead will be hard and challenging" and vowed to keep punishing economic sanctions in place "until final fully verified denuclearization" is achieved.
Pompeo's visit to North Korea has led to the launch of working groups to deal with details such as verification.
The results of talks with the delegation headed by Pompeo were "extremely troubling", the official KCNA news agency said, accusing Washington of insisting on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.
China is North Korea's traditional ally and main trading partner, and is a key influence on Pyongyang.
"People are going to make stray comments after meetings", he said of North Korea's assertion.
"But I am also very skeptical that he will", Gaffney says of this peace effort.
"There's no doubt in my mind that it's the Chinese pulling a North Koreans back", Graham said.
Pentagon officials also plan to meet with North Koreans Thursday to discuss the return of remains of war dead, he said. Speaking to Fox News, Graham said that the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is the major reason for the pushback by Pyongyang.
As they began their talks on Saturday, Kim Yong Chol alluded to the fact that Pompeo and his delegation had stayed overnight in Pyongyang.
"Now that he sees the country is a nuclear state, Kim Jong Un is fully committed to pump up the economy", Kim said in the interview on June 29.
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