US president Donald Trump may have boasted of \u201chistoric\u201d outcomes from his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last month, but it looks like there will be no US-North Korea bonhomie after all. North Korea termed the latest visit of the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang \u201cregrettable\u201d, accusing the US of making \u201cgangster-like\u201d demands. The Trump administration had made much of North Korea \u201ccommitting\u201d to denuclearisation in the Trump-Kim meet, even though the hermit kingdom has reneged on several such commitments in the past. For all the US\u2019s bark and bluster, the two sides are still warring over what denuclearisation would mean. North Korea, it should be noted, has always maintained that denuclearisation includes reciprocity on the part of the US. North Korea has now said that the US\u2019s attitude to negotiations \u201cmight rattle our willingness for denuclearisation that had been firm.\u201d While it was careful not to attack Trump\u2014the official statement following Pompeo\u2019s visit said that the country continues \u201cto maintain trust towards president Trump\u201d\u2014there can be no greater loss of face for the US if North Korea were to pull out of any talks\/negotiations with it and steps up its adversarial role. The Kim-Trump camaraderie had made traditional US allies jittery, and with the cessation of the joint military exercise with South Korea, the Trump regime had signalled inconsistency with its Korea policy. While the world at large had expected that North Korea would use the slightest pretext to renege on its \u201ccommitments\u201d, the Trump administration favoured cashing in on dramatic announcements over better sense and actual foreign policy gains.