Donald Trump and his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, have painted their talks with Kim Jong Un as one of the great highlights of Trump’s presidency. Republican lawmakers even nominated Trump for the Nobel Prize in May of 2018.
Those talks with the Kim, however, have not been as fruitful as the president had hoped. North Korea has not only tested a new tactical weapon, but the country has also now taken shots at Pompeo’s leadership.
The North Koreans are upset with the way the Secretary of State has described their treaty talks. Foreign Ministry official Kwon Jong Gun, accused Pompeo of, “letting loose reckless remarks and sophism of all kinds against us every day.”
Kwon explained, “We cannot be aware of Pompeo’s ulterior motive behind his self-indulgence in reckless remarks; whether he is indeed unable to understand words properly or just pretending on purpose. However, it is a very dangerous situation if he really did not grasp the meaning.”
In February of 2019, Trump and Kim held a summit in Hanoi. Despite high hopes, the summit quickly broke down with Trump leaving a few days early.
The Foreign Ministry official holds Pompeo responsible for this breakdown. He said the summit, “gives us a lesson that whenever Pompeo pokes his nose in, the talks go wrong without any results.”
North Korea said they would like to continue talks, though, with someone other than The Secretary of State. Kwon finished, “I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo but other person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us.”