On the destruction of the missile engine plant, Pompeo said, "We talked about what the modalities would look like for the destruction of that facility as well, and some progress there as well, and then we have laid out a path for further negotiation at the working level so the two teams can get together and continue these discussions".
"Kim has played Trump like a Stradivarius", writes Boot.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on Sunday.
However, at the Singapore summit, North Korea did not specifically itself agree to denuclearize. Pyongyang officials have repeatedly hinted that their definition of denuclearization would require the United States, a nuclear power, to remove all of its military assets from the Korean peninsula and Asia generally. The pledge to "work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" was listed third.
In his first remarks about the challenging weekend talks, Trump suggested that China, North Korea's chief ally, might be interfering in reaction to the Trump administration's stance on US-China trade. The desire for a broader security realignment explains why Kim agreed to "denuclearisation" and not disarmament.
The statement claimed the two countries' gestures of goodwill since the summit were lopsided in their significance, comparing North Korea's "irreversible step" of dismantling its nuclear test site with the American move to suspend military exercises, "which can be resumed any time at any moment".
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in is known to want a formal peace treaty with the North, one that will pave the way for other agreements on trade and bilateral cooperation.
Mr Pompeo said Vietnam's experience since the normalisation of relations with the United States in 1995 should be proof for North Korea that prosperity and partnership with the U.S. is possible after decades of conflict and mistrust.
"And to our North Korean friends, I can't say the word friend yet".
Trump himself sought to put the best face possible on the state of the bargaining with North Korea.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Kim Yong Chol (L).
It's been almost one month since President Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Sinagpore. The regime is estimated to have as many as 60 nuclear bombs, plus missiles that can reach the US.
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Pompeo was in North Korea over the weekend meeting with officials, not Kim himself, to discuss the return of the remains of USA soldiers who were killed in the Korean War and to further press for the dismantling of a North Korean missile engine test site.
He added: "When we spoke to them about denuclearisation, they did not push back".
US officials claim that the two countries have established working groups to address the details of and implement an agreement.
Some U.S. experts said the disputes highlight the risk of Trump granting premature concessions to North Korea.
He reiterated that the Trump administration does not see sanctions as negotiable without the complete denuclearization of North Korea.
China's leading role in the US-North Korean diplomatic dance became obvious when in March Kim made his first foreign trip since taking power after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in December 2011.
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