Pompeo's Meeting With North Korean Officials Postponed TFN

Pompeo's Meeting With North Korean Officials Postponed TFN

A day after announcing that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official would hold talks in NY this week, the U.S. Department of State abruptly said Wednesday the meeting has been postponed to an unspecified later date.

The State Department said the talks would be rescheduled "when our respective schedules permit".

The State Department had earlier confirmed that Pompeo would meet Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of Kim, in NY to discuss progress toward a denuclearisation pact and to arrange a second summit following the historic talks between Trump and Kim in June.

The talks in NY were largely seen as paving the way for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, who met in Singapore in June.

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

Pompeo had been due to hold talks with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, which were hoped to pave the way for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and make progress on denuclearization. "Ongoing conversations continue to take place".

Trump told a White House news conference the change was "because of trips that are being made", but did not elaborate on these."We are going to make it. another day", he said. The document envisaged new restrictions on supplying oil and oil products and demanded that all countries deport North Korean labor migrants in the next 24 months.

DPRK stands for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"I expect us to make real progress, for example, that the summit between our two leaders can be held", he added.

Pompeo insists the administration will maintain pressure on the North Korean regime until it sees concrete measures to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

Woo Yoon-keun, the South Korean ambassador to Russian Federation, said that although North Korea and Russian Federation may not have reached an agreement on Kim's visit, the trip could happen by this month " in consideration of several circumstances", Yonhap News Agency reported.

But the growing divide between the US and South Korea also has many concerned, as liberal President Moon Jae-in pushes for closer Korean ties including demilitarizing the border and increasing economic cooperation.

In Seoul, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom declined to comment on Dunford's remarks and referred to previous statements on the issue by the leaders of North and South Korea.

While both the USA and South Korea all want peace and stability in the Korea peninsula, there is a "fear" that fast-developing inter-Korean relations may get out of step with Washington, according to former US officials and experts.

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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