Pompeo to meet senior DPRK official in NY

Pompeo to meet senior DPRK official in NY

Pompeo to meet senior DPRK official in NY

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been set to meet on Thursday in NY with a top North Korean official to arrange a new summit between Kim and Trump, who held a landmark meeting in June in Singapore.

The meeting between Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, the former spy chief and now top nuclear negotiator, "will now take place at a later date. when our respective schedules permit", the USA side said just after midnight on Wednesday, hours before Pompeo was supposed to travel to NY.

"We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

The joint statement is the product of the historic summit last June between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-Un, which includes discussions of building stable peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Over the weekend, North Korea criticized the U.S. for its continued support of sanctions and hinted it may resume nuclear development.

Its leader, Kim Jong Un, has spoken of his hopes for reform of North Korea's economy and has looked to examples in the region.

Pompeo himself revealed in a Sunday interview that he expected some "real progress" in talks with Kim, including "an effort to make sure that the summit between the two leaders can take place". But the Blue House would not reveal the reason for the postponement and referred questions to the State Department.

Tensions between the US and North Korea that spiked last year when Trump and Kim were trading insults and dire threats have ebbed this year, but the North has not taken irreversible steps to give up the nukes it spent decades making and which it views as key to its security.

The talks between President Donald Trump's top diplomat and the North Korean delegation were due to be held on Thursday.

"But I will say this, I will say this very simply - We are in no rush, the sanctions are on", he said.

North Korea has long sought USA recognition as a nuclear state and guarantees for the survival of the generational Kim regime, which human rights groups consider one of the most repressive in the world.

A government source here said, "He seems to mean that the JCS could be ready for the suspension of joint drills, the scale-down of deployment of strategic assets on the peninsula, or a partial reduction of the USFK, if there is progress in denuclearization negotiations and the Korean War is formally declared over".

It was not immediately clear whether Russian Federation was planning a new push to ease sanctions against North Korea.

Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae-in three times this year.

The UNSC has repeatedly imposed sanctions on North Korea over the country's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

USA officials have said Vietnam's socialist market economy could be an example for North Korea.

The latest NY meeting was set to come ahead of a busy season of diplomacy, with Pompeo meeting senior Chinese officials in Washington on Friday.

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