Pompeo brushes off Pyongyang's 'gangster' label

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Published on July 9, 2018 - Duration: 01:19s

Pompeo brushes off Pyongyang's 'gangster' label

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushes off North Korean charges that he used "gangster-like" diplomacy in negotiations in Pyongyang, saying on Sunday after meeting his Japanese and South Korean counterparts that he would keep pursuing denuclearization talks with North Korea.

Grace Lee reports.

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Pompeo brushes off Pyongyang's 'gangster' label

North Korea's accusing him of 'gangster-like' diplomacy.

But U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo is brushing it off.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO SAYING: "If those request were gangster-like, they are -- the world is a gangster.

Because there was a unanimous decision at the UN Security Council about what needs to be achieved." On Sunday (July 6), Pompeo called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to seize the moment, saying that he's counting on Kim to follow through with the promises he made in Singapore.

He says that could lead North Korea down a familiar path.

One that the U.S. took with another long-time former enemy, Vietnam.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO SAYING: "President Trump believes your country (North Korea) can replicate this path.

It's yours, if you'll seize the moment.

The miracle can be yours.

That can be your miracle in North Korea as well." His comments come after two days of frosty talks in Pyongyang, aimed at persuading Kim to give up nuclear weapons.

The two sides came away with seemingly different impressions of the meeting.

Pompeo initially saying progress has been made, while North Korea accused him of robbery.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO SAYING: "But the economic sanctions are a different kettle of fish altogether." Meanwhile, economic sanctions will continue, Pompeo says, until North Korea completes denuclearization.

He's called on other nations to follow suit and keep the pressure on.

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