US abruptly postpones top-level talks with North Korea
US abruptly postpones top-level talks with North Korea
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10 November, 2018, 06:50
The meeting between Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the North's ruling Workers' Party, would have been an opportunity to continue denuclearization talks and discuss a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
"Because over time, this negotiation will take a form where we're going to have to start making some changes to the military posture on the peninsula".
The cancellation comes amid North Korean threats to restart its nuclear development unless the USA begins to remove sanctions - a step the administration says it will not take until North Korea meaningfully moves to denuclearize, which it so far has not done.
Washington, Nov 6 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be travelling to NY on Thursday to meet with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol.
Trump suggested at a news conference Wednesday that a meeting between Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, that was supposed to take place Thursday in NY would be rescheduled because of a conflict that he didn't explain.
Similarly, Trump, through a public letter on May 24, canceled his first summit with Kim Jong-un, which was in the works for June 12 in Singapore, blaming "open hostility" in Pyongyang's rhetoric.
He visited the White House in the diplomatic run-up to the Singapore summit, and has been Pompeo's chief interlocutor in the months since.
Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said the talks between Pompeo and the North Korean delegation "will now take place at a later date" without giving a reason.
"I think we have to look at it as a part of the process of reaching complete denuclearization and setting up a peace regime", the unnamed official told reporters. "We're not going to be driven into artificial timelines".
Pompeo had said Sunday that he would be meeting Kim Yong Chol in NY, where the two would "make sure that the summit between our two leaders can take place, where we can make substantial steps towards denuclearization".
Trump has cast North Korea as a crowning diplomatic achievement and is eager for a fresh summit with Kim at which the two may formally declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.
"Russia requested consultations on the topic of sanctions against North Korea during tomorrow's general consultations at UN SC".
North Korea's foreign ministry has warned that Pyongyang will "seriously" consider reviving its nuclear weapons program unless the sanctions are lifted.
This is not the first time Washington has abruptly postponed a planned meeting with North Korean officials.
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