In this July 6, 2018 photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from left, is greeted by North Korean Director of the United Front Department Kim Yong Chol, center, and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, second from right, as he arrives at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: AP file
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North Korean foreign minister calls Pompeo 'poisonous plant'

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North Korea's foreign minister on Friday called U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the absurd dream" that sanctions will force a change in Pyongyang.

The North's blistering rhetoric may dim the prospect for an early resumption of nuclear negotiations between the countries. A senior U.S. diplomat said earlier this week that Washington was ready to restart the talks, a day after U.S. and South Korean militaries ended their regular drills that Pyongyang called an invasion rehearsal.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho made the comments to protest Pompeo's remarks in an interview in which he said that Washington will maintain crippling sanctions on North Korea unless it denuclearizes.

Ri said he couldn't just let the "reckless remarks" by Pompeo pass by him because they came amid a possible restart of the nuclear talks. Ri said Pompeo is a "brazen" man because he "had begged for" North Korean denuclearization and improved bilateral ties when he visited Pyongyang and met leader Kim Jong Un several times.

In April, North Korea demanded President Donald Trump remove Pompeo from the nuclear negotiations.

Ri said North Korea is ready for both dialogue and confrontation. But he warned that North Korea will try to remain "America's biggest threat" if the United States continues to confront the North with sanctions.

Ri likely referred to comments by Pompeo during an interview with the Washington Examiner earlier this week. During the interview, Pompeo said that the U.S. will "continue to keep on the sanctions that are the toughest in all of history and continue to work towards convincing Chairman Kim and the North Korean leaders that the right thing to do is for them to denuclearize."

North Korea is notorious for crude and fiery diatribes against the United States and South Korea, although it lately focused its anger on South Korea rather than the U.S., particularly over the allies' military drills.

During the drills, North Korea carried out a slew of short-range missile and other weapons tests capable of hitting much of South Korea, not the mainland U.S. Some experts said these suggest that North Korea was interested in resuming talks with Washington.

The top U.S. envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said Wednesday that the United States was "prepared to engage as soon as we hear from our counterparts in North Korea."

U.S.-led negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons collapsed after Trump rejected Kim's demand for widespread sanctions relief in return for partial disarmament steps during their second summit in Vietnam in February. Trump and Kim met again at the Korean border in late June and agreed to resume the talks.

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The North Koreans are out of their minds.

He is not a plant, more like a stump.

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Just report on this when some progress comes. Otherwise, we’ll just assume they are still a million miles apart.

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How vicious LOL!

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Oh-oh Donnie - your best bud and sharer of love letters is about ready to call you a "mentally deranged dotard" again....

All the while he has continued to test his missiles and build more nukes....

Kim has royally conned the Great Orange Con-Man....

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Xi and Putin have Kim's back, and he's best friends with Trump. Odds are pretty slim North Korea ever gives up its nukes.

One of the many unfortunate realities of Trump's presidency is he's in so far over his head on international issues (beyond marketing the trump brand name and arranging trademarks for Ivanka with members of the CCP and other global oligarchs) that he's had to bring in deep swampmen like Pompeo to do his job for him while he's out playing golf.

Moscow Mitch McConnell wants the 'poisonous plant' to join him in the US Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans believe (Pompeo) the former U.S. congressman from Kansas would be a strong candidate should he decide to run for one of the state's Senate seats in 2020.

https://japantoday.com/category/world/update-1-should-i-stay-or-should-i-run-pompeo-under-pressure-over-u.s.-senate-seat

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That alliteration has great headline potential. Pi**ed-off NK dude pokes pesky, porky Pompeo as poisonous plant.

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Pompeo and Trump are reflection of US society. They voted to make a mentally ill reality TV celebrity their president. These goons have done nothing but cause havoc from the day Trump as elected and now the Western Wimps are going to follow this pair into another war. We are allowing our governments to follow a mentally deranged POTUS into war. Of cause, nether Trump, Pompeo or our governments will be fighting; their will be hiding in their bunkers.

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"We lie, we steal and we cheat"........Secretary Pompeo during a speech at Langley........lol

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As Martin Luther King Jr., said, ‘We must learn to live together as sisters and brothers, or we will perish together as fools.’

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Well that's that. Pomp Mike don't get no love letters, only Don the Con.

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North Korean foreign minister calls Pompeo 'poisonous plant'

Pompeo must be doing something right to earn a derogatory comment from a North Korean official.

Poisonous plants can be useful in getting rid of pests.....like Kim

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"poisonous plant of American diplomacy"

LOL !! You can't beat these guys in the use of colorful language.

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Very profound! Pompeo, the castastrophy maker for a doomsday!

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Just when Trump stated he has NK under control, more dark clouds fill the skies. Trump's progress on Kim/NK is a big obese zero.

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North Korean foreign minister calls Pompeo 'poisonous plant'

Confirmation Pompeo is doing his job.

Trump's progress on Kim/NK is a big obese zero.

More than Obama. He never even made it across the DMZ or got even one beautiful letter.

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More than Obama. He never even made it across the DMZ or got even one beautiful letter.

Obama refused to play the "reality tv" that Trump loves so much.

But what has Trump actually achieved with Kim other than the reality tv and photo ops?

It will take a lot to resolve the nuke problems than a foxtrot with Kim on the DMZ or the exchange of penpal letters which we don't even know the contents of?

It's all nonsense until Kim is prepared to give up his nukes, which he isn't.

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Halwick: "Poisonous plants can be useful in getting rid of pests.....like Kim"

A poisonous plant also invaded Vietnam, Iraq, many South American countries, many Central American countries, many Middle Eastern countries, ...

A poisonous plant has now declared an economic war with the world, A poisonous plant is will on the process in starting another world war.

How has your life improved under Trump; higher wages, more job security, more national security? Be honest!

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Just a lover's tiff.

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darknuts: "I can just picture you on one of those trucks with the loud speaker."

But still waiting for an answer; but with proof.

How has Trump made America great since taking office? NO one liners.

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@zichi......why should fat kim give up his nukes? because you say so?......lol

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North Korean foreign minister calls Pompeo 'poisonous plant'

Confirmation Pompeo is doing his job.

Trump's progress on Kim/NK is a big obese zero.

More than Obama. He never even made it across the DMZ or got even one beautiful letter.

I thought this was a joke when I first read it - someone is boasting that Obama didn't get a DMZ visit or beautiful letter? Seriously?

Yea, Obama knew better than to get played - Dimwit Donnie lets Kim play him like a fiddle...

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@zichi......why should fat kim give up his nukes? because you say so?......lol

Kim/NK threatened to use his nukes against Japan/America so he needs to give them up just like the Iranian threats against Israel. both Iran and North Korea will be prevented from having them.

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It's all nonsense until Kim is prepared to give up his nukes, which he isn't.

You got any better ideas that'll work instantly? Didn't think so.

Yea, Obama knew better than to get played 

No, Obama just didn't bother to make any progress on North Korea.

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Serrano: "You got any better ideas that'll work instantly? Didn't think so."

A better idea is the US set the example to the rest of the world by denuclearizing. Better idea is US stop its Space Force program. Better idea is Trump stop his economic war on the globe. Better idea is US stop trying to dominate the globe. Want more getter ideas?

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zichi: "Kim/NK threatened to use his nukes against Japan/America.."

NK has only ever threatened the US in retaliation. It is the US that has a policy of

"pre-emptive strike".

It was Trump/US that threatened to wipe NK off the earth. Furthermore, which is the only nation on earth that has a history of using nuclear arms against civilians? No one liners. Unfortunately, the US will never be able to avoid its history.

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I object, this is an insult to poisonous plants everywhere!

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A better idea is the US set the example to the rest of the world by denuclearizing.

That would definitely please Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, I think not.

Better idea is US stop its Space Force program.

Nope

Better idea is Trump stop his economic war on the globe.

And allow the world and especially China screw us and put more of our people in poverty? Absolutely not.

Better idea is US stop trying to dominate the globe. Want more getter ideas?

We are not trying to dominate the world, but if the world were more dependent and not ask us for anything, that would be a great thing, but when Obama and Trump want to become more isolationists than the world starts falling apart and blames us for it, so when we thought we were out, they pull us back in.

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bass4funk: "That would definitely please Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, I think not." Why are you always looking for an enemy?

"And allow the world and especially China screw us and put more of our people in poverty?"

Stop trading with China, stop trying to blame other nations for your mismanagement.

" but if the world were more dependent and not ask us for anything, that would be a great thing,"

It is the US that is going around the globe, cap in hand, asking for help, trying to assemble and alliance. It is the US that constantly seeks help for its military misadventures.

Try has you may, you can not erase US history.

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It's all nonsense until Kim is prepared to give up his nukes, which he isn't.

You got any better ideas that'll work instantly? Didn't think so.

Well, for starters lets lock up the Dimwit so he can't fly off to meet Otto Warmbier's killer and slobber all over him...

Yea, Obama knew better than to get played 

No, Obama just didn't bother to make any progress on North Korea.

Oh really? Meeting with the Little Dictator and giving him more propaganda to cement his reign is progress? All the while he is still testing his missiles and building more nukes?

That's not progress - that's losing - bigly....

Kim is twice the con-man Donnie is....

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Well, for starters lets lock up the Dimwit so he can't fly off to meet Otto Warmbier's killer and slobber all over him...

Uh, that's not gonna solve the North Korea problem, lincolnman. Can't you give Trump until at least the end of his first term, being as how Obama did nothing in eight years?

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America continues with the sanctions and Trump stops the nonsense about Kim being a great leader. He's a brutal dictator who kills his own family.

Find something he want's more than his nukes and able to give.

Kim is playing Trump/America.

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North Korean foreign minister calls Pompeo 'poisonous plant'

Serrano: Confirmation Pompeo is doing his job.

When the other side is talking about you like that, it's confirmation that negotiations have been a complete and utter failure.

as how Obama

The white surrender flag is up. Can't point to any good Trump has done here, so talk about Obama instead.

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North Korea fired missiles across Japan and threatens to use its nuclear weapons. They don't get to keep that potential.

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Well, for starters lets lock up the Dimwit so he can't fly off to meet Otto Warmbier's killer and slobber all over him...

Uh, that's not gonna solve the North Korea problem, lincolnman. Can't you give Trump until at least the end of his first term, being as how Obama did nothing in eight years?

I could if we were making some progress, but Donnie's met Kimmie three times - what has the US received in return?

Does he have less or more nukes since he first met Trump?

Has he stopped missile launches and testing?

Has he allowed inspections of his nuclear facilities?

Has our readiness decreased due to our cutback in exercises?

Answers are; more, no, no, yes...

In comparison to progress, Donnie is making the situation worse - by getting manipulated and conned by Kim.

Seriously, we're losing....

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Why are you always looking for an enemy?

I could flip that question around.

Stop trading with China, stop trying to blame other nations for your mismanagement.

Nope, sorry! When we allowed China in the WTO they promised to abide by all the trade rules, but they started stealing intellectual property, manipulating their Currency, hacking into our systems, destroying our country, our consumers and the last 3 Presidents did nothing about it and finally this President with a pair of big sparkling brass ones took China on. Thank God!

It is the US that is going around the globe, cap in hand, asking for help, trying to assemble and alliance.

Because it would as a token of political etiquette at best to ask the world body, but make no mistakes, we really don’t need to.

It is the US that constantly seeks help for its military misadventures. 

That would be debatable.

Try has you may, you can not erase US history.

Why would I want to? Lol

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America continues with the sanctions

Exactly!

and Trump stops the nonsense about Kim being a great leader. He's a brutal dictator who kills his own family.

Everyone has a limit, even Trump.

Find something he want's more than his nukes and able to give.

Sanctions relief.

Kim is playing Trump/America.

It’s actually the other way around. Did you notice Kim is looking a bit frail and thinner recently? Wow!

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Bass:. hacking into our systems, destroying our country, our consumers and the last 3 Presidents did nothing about it and finally this President with a pair of big sparkling brass ones

Russia.

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bass4funk: "destroying our country"

To use your own words, nope, Trump is doing this very well.

"Because it would as a token of political etiquette at best to ask the world body, but make no mistakes, we really don’t need to."

You're joking. Even with the help of allies, the whole world saw the US evacuation of Saigon.  Without the help of its allies the US is a drop in the bucket and this is why Pompeo is running around the world trying to find allies against Iran. For the past 80 years the US has needed its allies in all its military misadventure (Vietnam, Iraq, Libya....).

You can't change history, you can't hide the facts.

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To use your own words, nope, Trump is doing this very well.

Actually, he’s not. From weaponizing the DOJ, the FBI, intelligence community, political correctness, gender and race card to NATO, China, disastrous Iranian deals, China, Cuba, that’s all Democrats that managed to mess things up royally for us and the world.

You're joking.

Nope.

Even with the help of allies, the whole world saw the US evacuation of Saigon. 

So like with the Afghanis, we should have held the S. Vietnamese hands and push them to fight on?

Without the help of its allies the US is a drop in the bucket

Germany and Japan and Saddam (twice) thought that as well.

and this is why Pompeo is running around the world trying to find allies against Iran.

As I said, we can go it alone. Clinton did. But he’s taking the diplomatic approach which is the right thing to do, but we don’t need to do it.

For the past 80 years the US has needed its allies in all its military misadventure (Vietnam, Iraq, Libya....).

And we still did 80% of the work

You can't change history, you can't hide the facts.

Why and what for? Wouldn’t want to.

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And we still did 80% of the work

But not in WW2.

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But not in WW2.

But won it.

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He's not wrong. American foreign policy under this administration is pure poison. In fact, most administrations with the occasional exception from time to time.

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North Korea fired missiles across Japan

Yeah, the last time was Nov. 2017.

American foreign policy under this administration is pure poison.

As compared to what? The previous administration's foreign policy? Har!

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