South Korea's Moon says North's criticism of U.S. a negotiating strategy

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that North Korea’s criticism of the United States after a meeting in Pyongyang was part of its negotiating strategy and the talks between the two are on the “right track”.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in inspects an honor guard with Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob during a visit at the Istana in Singapore July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Moon made the remarks during talks with the Singaporean president and prime minister in the city state, his office said.

North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of making “gangster-like” demands in talks on denuclearization, contradicting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said the old enemies had made progress on key issues.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Nick Macfie