Washington officials expressed concern about the growing gap between Japan and South Korea and feared that the end of the intelligence agreement would send a false signal to China and North Korea that had long been trying to undermine US influence in Ukraine [WithouttheagreementTokyoandSeoulmustexchangesensitivemilitaryintelligenceservicesoverWashingtonwhichhasseparateintelligencetreatieswithbothnationsHoweversuchanagreementcouldslowdowntheexchangeofinformationatcriticalmomentssuchasimmediatelyafterthelaunchofaNorthKoreanmissile
When the latest North Korea launch lines began in late July – including what South Korean officials call two new types of short-range ballistic missiles and a new controlled multi-missile launchers ̵
President Trump shrugged. Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent him a letter with a "small apology" for the test saying the North wanted to start a dialogue with Washington as soon as possible the joint military exercises were over.
The exercise ended on Tuesday, but North Korea continued to express displeasure with the United States. On Friday, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho described Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo as "a stubborn poison of US diplomacy," according to a statement by the North Korean official news agency.
Mr. Ris's statement came days after Mr Pompeo said Washington would maintain strong sanctions until the North was denuclearized.
"The US is sadly mistaken, if they still remember, with the D.P.R.K. with sanctions, without giving up his confrontational attitude, "said Ri, using the abbreviation for the official name of the North, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.