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US/North Korea Talks Undermined by Pompeo and Bolton

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Perhaps US/DPRK rapprochement will never happen, surely not with hardliners in charge of US policymaking, needing enemies to advance their imperial agenda.

Since none exist, they're invented, North Korea a key target because of its sovereign independence, not for any threat. Claiming it exists is fabricated, how the US operates against all nations it doesn't control.

In summer 2018, North Korea's Foreign Ministry accused the Trump regime of pursuing "unilateral and gangster-like demands for denuclearization," calling its unacceptable actions "deeply regrettable," sabotaging normalization efforts hardliners Pompeo and Bolton to blame.

Last December, Pyongyang accused the Trump regime of "block(ing) the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever," adding:

The US is "bent on bringing... relations back to the status of last year" when Trump demeaned Kim by calling him "little rocket man."

Before June 2018 Kim/Trump summit talks in Singapore, Pompeo falsely claimed "American interests are held at risk by the existential threat posed by North Korea (sic)" -- a bald-faced Big Lie. Throughout its history, the DPRK threatened no other nations.

Pompeo and Bolton run Trump's geopolitical agenda, warmongers deploring world peace and stability, figures to be feared, never trusted.

Bolton earlier said the only way to end North Korea's nuclear program is "to end (the) regime," adding: "It's not impose sanctions."

A Bolton critic earlier said he never met a sovereign independent country he didn't want to bomb. Pompeo likely shares similar views.

Because of continued US hardline actions, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho called Pompeo the "diehard toxin of the US diplomacy," adding:

"Nothing decent can be expected from Pompeo, a man subject to strong censure from many countries for adopting the most wicked methods of the Central Intelligence Agency as diplomatic means in every part of the world.

"He 'los(t) face as... Washington's top "diplomatic...' He who has no shame has no conscience."

"He is truly impudent enough to utter such thoughtless words which only leave us disappointed and skeptical as to whether we can solve any problem with such a guy.

"He's 'a trouble-maker bereft of sensible cogitative power and rational judgment as he only casts dark shadow over the prospect of the DPRK-US negotiations.'"

"We are ready for both dialogue and stand-off" never surrendering the nation's sovereignty to another state.

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun broadsheet slammed the Trump regime's "imperialistic behavior" and "double-dealing" for undermining denuclearization talks.

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