While few think that the world would be better off with increased tensions between the USA and North Korea - except perhaps national security adviser John Bolton - Trump's pathetic attempts at diplomacy have squandered an actual opportunity to move toward long-term peace.
The North's spokesman said: "We expected that the US side would come with productive measures conducive to building trust in line with the spirit of the North-US summit and (we) considered providing something that would correspond to them.
So why wouldn't Kim Jong Un dig in his heels with Pompeo and press his advantage?"
The statement was sure to fuel growing skepticism in the US and elsewhere over how serious Kim is about giving up his nuclear arsenal. He added that the Trump administration was committed to reaching a deal under which North Korea would denuclearize and realise economic benefits in return.
Pompeo later dismissed those comments, saying the two sides "made progress" and that talks will continue.
He also acknowledged that the road ahead would be hard, but said that North Korea did reaffirm its commitment to denuclearize. Trump reminded Kim about the agreement signed in Singapore last month. According to the report, North Korea may be intentionally trying to "deceive the U.S." by continuing these efforts in secret facilities.
Pompeo had characterised the meeting as a success, but critically he failed to present any new details as to how North Korea would honour its summit commitment to "denuclearise" in exchange for USA security guarantees.
"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster because there was a unanimous decision at the U.N. Security Council about what needs to be achieved", Pompeo said.
Trump had said during the Singapore summit that economic sanctions would remain in effect until North Korea reverses its nuclear programme, adding that there were no short-term plans to reduce the number of United States troops - some 28,500 - stationed in South Korea. "But this expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be gullible".
And over the weekend, ABC News reported on tensions at the talks, suggesting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Pompeo appeared to have rubbed each other up the wrong way.
He added: "When we spoke to them about the scope of denuclearisation, they did not push back". He and the head of the North Korean negotiating team, Kim Yong Chol, cracked jokes during a working dinner, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. Two days of talks with senior North Korean officials had 'made progress, ' he said, and included a 'detailed and substantive discussion about the next steps'.
"North Korea expected Pompeo to bring a concrete proposal for security guarantee but it was disappointed as the U.S. side reiterated the old demand that the North should denuclearise first before the USA gives it anything in return".
Trump wrote. The US president expressed a similarly skeptical attitude towards China's cooperation in July of previous year. Why should the North Koreans make concessions to one of Trump's aides given the president's record of undercutting them?'