His third visit to North Korea was meant to hash out the nitty-gritty on how to implement the joint declaration inked by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose official title is Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, in Singapore on June 12.
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 United States for seeking "unilateral and forced denuclearisation" from Pyongyang. At the summit, Mr. Kim committed to complete denuclearization in return for us security guarantees.
The "fastest way" to achieve a nuclear-free Korean peninsula was through a phased approach under which both sides took steps at the same time, KCNA said in a statement, citing an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman.
"The high-level talks this time brought us in a unsafe situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearisation, rather than consolidating trust between the DPRK and the U.S.".
That change raised suspicion that the U.S. was softening its demands for the country, an argument that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had insisted on Friday wasn't true. "It can be your miracle in North Korea as well".
But for that to happen, its leader Kim Jong Un needed to seize the moment.
Not even a month ago, Trump was tweeting that the North Korea nuclear problem was all but solved, and that Americans could finally rest easy thanks to his breakthrough in talks with Kim.
Pompeo was asked about the CD earlier by a journalist accompanying him to North Korea; the secretary of state laughed but did not confirm or deny the report.
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"Give up on disarming North Korea", Lewis said.
Mr Pompeo said there was still a lot of work to do, but he was confident the North Korean leader would stick to a commitment to abandon nuclear weapons he made during a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore last month. "These are complicated issues but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues".
On Saturday, Pompeo briefed reporters about his time in Pyongyang saying, progress was made "on nearly all of the central issues" but there's still more work to be done.
"But the economic sanctions are a different kettle of fish altogether. the world will see continued enforcement actions by the United States in the days and weeks ahead", Pompeo said. -South Korean military exercises. "The North Koreans understand that and have not challenged that". We got more bullets than they do when it comes to trade, he said. Kim responded that "there are things that I have to clarify as well".
North Korean and USA officials held a second day of meetings in Pyongyang on Saturday, with both sides saying there several key issues they need to "clarify".
Pompeo spoke after North Korea said the talks "brought us in a risky situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearisation, rather than consolidating trust".
KCNA said the North also offered to discuss declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War marking next month's anniversary of the armistice agreement, but the USA side showed little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses".
A key aim of Mr Pompeo during his visit was to firm up North Korea's commitment to disarmament.
The U.S. delegation, led by Pompeo, included U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and Head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center Andrew Kim.