Pompeo to meet top N.Korean official in NY

Pompeo to meet top N.Korean official in NY

Pompeo to meet top N.Korean official in NY

A planned meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a senior North Korean envoy was postponed at the last minute, casting a new shadow over nuclear talks between the rival nations.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he expects to meet again with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un early next year and that a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials supposed to have taken place this week would be rescheduled.

The State Department did not give an explanation but said in a brief statement that the meeting "will now take place at a later date".

"We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit", she said in a statement.

"Not only complete denuclearization, but our capacity to verify that that has taken place is also a prerequisite to lifting economic sanctions", he said on CBS.

To that end, the USA and South Korea announced last week the creation of a new working group to "strengthen our close coordination", including on "sanctions implementation and inter-Korean cooperation that comply with the United Nations sanctions", according to State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino.

JS Tours has also offered a new five-night, six-day tour package bound for Mount Paekdu, saying Moon and Kim had a commemorative photo together at the Chonji crater lake on top of the North Korean mountain, according to RFA.

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The meeting comes with the two sides at loggerheads almost five months after the summit, in which Trump and Kim pledged to work toward the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

China and Russian Federation have said the council should reward Pyongyang for the "positive developments" after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization.

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

On Friday, an official with North Korea's Foreign Ministry threatened that if United States does not ease sanctions, that Pyongyang could restart "building up nuclear forces".

South Korea's foreign ministry said the meeting delay was "regrettable" but insisted that "excessively pessimistic interpretation was unnecessary". U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has also accused Russian Federation of cheating on U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

Kim Yong-chol had been booked for a flight from Beijing to NY on Wednesday.

The development comes amid strained ties between South Korea and the USA over how to negotiate denuclearisation with North Korea. It followed Moscow's move to ban the adoption of a report by UNSC panel on restrictions against North Korea, the so-called 1718 Sanctions Committee, until some changes are introduced to it.

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