Mike Pompeo, Kim Yong Chol Denuclearization Talks Delayed

Mike Pompeo, Kim Yong Chol Denuclearization Talks Delayed

Trump said the meeting, which had been due to take place on Thursday in NY, would be rescheduled, and that he still expected to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un early next year.

"We are going to make it another day", he said.

Russian Federation said in October it was time to consider the possibility of relaxing the worldwide restrictions against Pyongyang amid commitment expressed by North Korea's leadership to denuclearize of the Korean Peninsula. "The sanctions are on". That has put him at odds at times with the Trump administration, including when requesting sanctions exemptions for joint economic projects with the North.

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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.

A tougher United States stance on North Korea could complicate South Korea's efforts to improve relations with North Korea and expand cross-border exchanges in line with progress on the denuclearization of North Korea.

This graphic image shows U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) meeting with Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, in NY in May 2018.

Washington says it takes North Korea's human rights abuses very seriously, but that now is the time to focus its efforts on getting North Korea denuclearized.

South Korea's foreign ministry said the meeting delay was "regrettable" but insisted that "excessively pessimistic interpretation was unnecessary".

The cancellation of the talks comes just a week after North Korea threatened to resume its nuclear weapons programme if the United States failed to lift sanctions against the country. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has also accused Russian Federation of cheating on U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

The objective of the meeting would be to prepare for a second summit between the leaders of both countries, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, to resume Pyongyang's denuclearization talks that began during the historic June meeting in Singapore. The resolution also envisages restrictions on delivering industrial equipment, heavy equipment and transport to North Korea. "We are confident going forward", Palladino told reporters during a regular briefing.

Trump's Republican party lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday after the Democrats rode a wave of dissatification with his presidency at U.S. mid-term elections.

Some analysts suggest a domestically weakened Trump may impact his foreign policy, even test his North Korean diplomatic gambit.

"We made more progress in that four or five months (since the summit) than they have made in 70 years", he said, referring to previous USA leaders.

After last year's fears of war, North Korea and the United States are trying to revive stalled diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear weapons.

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