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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:28 AM

Pompeo Shoots Down North Korea Claim He Created Distrust, Hostility At Summit


BY MORGAN CHALFANT

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said a top North Korean official was “wrong” to claim that he and President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton created an atmosphere of hostility and distrust at the recent nuclear summit in Hanoi.

“They’re wrong about that,” Pompeo said, describing his relationship with his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong Chol as “professional” and saying he expects both sides to continue discussions about denuclearization.

Pompeo’s remarks came hours after Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in Pyongyang that North Korea was disappointed by the collapse of talks at the summit in Hanoi last month and accused Pompeo and Bolton of making demands that created an atmosphere of mistrust and hostility.

She said, however, that the relationship between Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un remains positive and “the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful.”

“I want to make it clear that the gangster-like stand of the U.S. will eventually put the situation in danger,” Choe said, according to the Associated Press. “We have neither the intention to compromise with the U.S. in any form nor much less the desire or plan to conduct this kind of negotiation.”

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https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/434207-pompeo-shoots-down-north-korea-claim-he-created-distrust-hostility

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