Did North Korea's Kim put potatoes over Pompeo?

The motorcade carrying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drives towards Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang North Korea Friday

Did North Korea's Kim put potatoes over Pompeo?

Kim has accused the Trump Administration of making "gangster-like" demands regarding a denuclearization deal with the Asian nation, following a third visit to Pyongyang by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that China might be seeking to derail US efforts aimed at denuclearizing North Korea, but said he was confident that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would uphold a pact the two agreed last month.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have been too busy visiting a potato farm to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Pyongyang's state media implied Tuesday.

But while Pompeo on Saturday painted a positive picture of the follow-up talks, North Korean officials accused the USA of trying to unilaterally pressure their country into abandoning its nuclear programme.

Pompeo, who did not meet with leader Kim Jong-un on this trip, could point to no concrete achievement from the talks aside from an agreement for the two sides to meet around July 12 in Panmunjom, the border village between the two Koreas, to discuss returning the remains of USA soldiers from the 1950-53 Korean War.

Pompeo said Defense Departmentofficials will meet with North Korean officials on July 12 at the Demilitarized Zone to discuss the repatriation of remains, which North Korea committed to last month.

"The United States has been clear on what we seek from North Korea", Pompeo said in Hanoi.

"These are complicated issues, but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues", Pompeo said.

On Sunday, the U.S. secretary of state will meet the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea in Tokyo.

Pompeo shrugged off the statement Sunday following separate meetings with the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea - although he didn't disagree with the nature of the U.S.'s "gangster-like" requests.

He said North Korea understood that denuclearisation must be "fully verified" and "final".

Pompeo later dismissed those comments, saying the two sides "made progress" and that talks will continue.

Kim's wife Kim Young-hui, who is a specialist on the North at the Korea Development Bank in Seoul, concurs with his view that most of economic zones in the North remain severely underdeveloped.

"(It) will take place at the border and that process will begin to develop over the days that follow", he said as he boarded his plane for Tokyo.

"I saw some of the statements that came out, they were mixed, you haven't reported on that, the mixed statements, but maybe you will now".

Skepticism has grown over how and whether North Korea will dismantle its nuclear weapons program amid USA media reports that the country has continued to develop nuclear facilities.

The Foreign Ministry said while they had wanted to discuss establishing a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula and declaring an official end to the Korean War, the USA side will stick to unilateral demand for complete declaration and verification of Pyongyang's nuclear program. "I really believe that he sees a different future for North Korea", Trump told reporters.

The regional powers agreed to keep sanctions against North Korea until its full denuclearization based on thorough verification, which is a shared goal.

"Dealing with North Korea is hard because Kim Jong Un wants it to be hard", said Russel, who was assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration.

Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol noted Saturday that "the world is paying close attention to our meeting".

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