N.Korea says resolve for denuclearization may falter after talks with U.S.

SEOUL – North Korea said on Saturday its "firm, steadfast" resolve to give up its nuclear programs may falter after the United States demanded unilateral denuclearization during two days of talks in Pyongyang, state media said.

The North‘s official KCNA news agency said the result of talks with the delegation headed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was "extremely troubling," accusing it of insisting on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

The "fastest way" to achieve a nuclear-free Korean peninsula was through a phased approach under which both sides took steps at the same time, KCNA said in a statement citing an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson.