North Korea accuses US of pushing 'gangster-like mindset' on denuclearization

North Korea accuses US of pushing 'gangster-like mindset' on denuclearization
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North Korea accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE's administration of pushing for denuclearization with a “gangster-like mindset” on Saturday, hours after Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump’s damage control falters State Dept. doesn’t issue statement on anniversary of MH17 downing Diplomatic niceties can blur the lines of personal and national interests MORE said his talks with officials have been “productive.”

North Korean state-run news agency KCNA released a statement saying the U.S. is “fatally mistaken” if officials believe the country would follow through with aggressive demands to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

"The US is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, the demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset,” the statement said, according to a CNN translation.

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North Korea blasted Pompeo and the weekend's high-level talks in Pyongyang, saying the United States's attitude was “regrettable.”

The statement said that North Korean officials had hoped U.S. officials would bring “constructive measures,” but the American delegation, it said, brought up "cancerous issues."

The outcome of the discussions was “worrisome,” the statement said.

The White House declined to comment to CNN on North Korea’s statement.

Pompeo offered a different view on the discussions when he talked to reporters on Saturday.

“We made progress on almost all the central issues,” he said, according to a tweet from State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Pompeo's trip to North Korea comes weeks after Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement in Singapore committing the U.S. to unspecified security guarantees in exchange for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Pompeo did not meet with Kim during this week's trip.