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North Korea says resolve for denuclearisation may falter

SEOUL/TOKYO: North Korea said on Saturday its resolve to give up its nuclear programs may falter after talks with the United States in Pyongyang, contradicting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who lauded progress made on nearly all key issues. Pompeo had a day and a half of talks in Pyongyang, seeking to hammer out details on how to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear programs, such as a timeline to denuclearisation and a plan on declaring its related facilities. But the result of the negotiations was “extremely troubling,”…

Pompeo says US to impose tough sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran if the country’s leadership did not change the course of its foreign and domestic policy. Weeks after the United States pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, Pompeo spelled out a hardline approach towards the Islamic Republic that included working closely with the Pentagon and regional allies to contain Iran. Pompeo laid out 12 demands for Iran and said relief from economic…

Confident Pompeo makes Middle East diplomatic debut

RIYADH: Washington's newly appointed secretary of state landed in Riyadh Saturday on a tour of America's key Middle East allies, after vowing to bring some "swagger" back to US diplomacy. Mike Pompeo touched down in Saudi Arabia shortly after authorities in the kingdom said they had intercepted four missiles fired at the south of the country by Yemeni rebels, underlining the tensions in the region. The Saudi Arabian capital is the first stop on a three-day trip that will also take him to Israel and Jordan to update…