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 TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE's administration of pushing for denuclearization with a “gangster-like mindset” on Saturday, hours after Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions 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.