North Korea's angry reaction to the talks with Pompeo came in a Foreign Ministry statement that berated the Secretary over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and for offering no constructive steps on the USA side.
'People are going to make stray comments after meetings, ' Pompeo said.
That's the wrap up I have for you on the meeting, . but we will have to see what Pompeo officially announces at the joint-press conference in a minute.
Devin, just hours after Pompeo wrapped up his third visit to the North, Pyongyang released a statement from an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesperson on its state-run media Korea Central News Agency, slamming the US for what he called their "gangster-like" unilateral demands.
"On this trip I'm seeking to fill in some details on these commitments and continue the momentum towards implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world", Pompeo said. Nauert later said the United States wasn't putting a timeline on the process.
In the statement calling the U.S. stance "regrettable", the North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman quoted by KCNA said the USA is unilaterally demanding denuclearisation and trying to postpone discussion of declaring an end to the Korean War.
There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearisation said, Mike Pompeo.
A state department spokesperson said Mr Pompeo had been "very firm" in focusing on denuclearisation, as well as on security assurances and another important U.S. demand - the return of remains of USA service personnel from the Korean War.
"The high-level talks this time brought us in a risky situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearisation, rather than consolidating trust between the DPRK and the U.S".
Adding to the pressure on Pompeo is a leaked USA intelligence assessment casting doubt on North Korea's willingness to relinquish its arsenal.
The talks were held at a villa in an official compound close to the imposing mausoleum where North Korea's former helmsmen Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il - the current leader's grandfather and father - lie in state.
Some U.S. experts said the disputes highlight the risk of Trump granting premature concessions to North Korea.
"The statement said it had hoped US officials would bring "constructive measures" but the American delegation brought up" cancerous issues".
"However, the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting [between the countries] was no doubt regrettable", the spokesperson added. "But this expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be gullible".
"What the U.S.is requesting is the cancerous demands from previous administrations that blocked all dialogue processes", the statement read, in the kind of overheated rhetoric that the Kim regime and Trump administration share a fondness for.
In criticizing the talks with Pompeo, however, it carefully avoided attacking Trump personally, saying "we wholly maintain our trust toward President Trump", but stressed that Washington must not allow "headwinds" against the "wills of the leaders".
That appeared to be a reference to Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, a prominent North Korea hawk who has been vilified by Pyongyang in the past. Chairman Kim is still committed, I had a chance to speak to President Trump this morning. "We had productive, good-faith negotiations".
Such comments made clear that North Korea was ultimately seeking the removal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula, according to Duyeon Kim, a fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum.