High-level US-North Korea meeting postponed without reason

High-level US-North Korea meeting postponed without reason

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly shelved plans to travel to NY on Thursday to meet with his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong Chol. But the Blue House would not reveal the reason for the postponement, referring questions to the State Department.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as they pose for a photo in Pyongyang, North Korea, Oct. 7, 2018.

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

In a statement, it added, "Ongoing conversations continue to take place", but did not elaborate.

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.

Atwood also noted that North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA has recently put out aggressive messages saying the Kim regime only suspended its nuclear testing with the expectation that the US would begin easing sanctions.

Pompeo said earlier that he plans to discuss with his counterpart the North Korean leader's promise to allow worldwide inspectors into the nuclear testing site in Punggye-ri and the missile engine testing site in Dongchang-ri to verify their dismantlement.

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But it comes amid renewed doubts about the Trump administration's efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal in exchange for security guarantees and sanctions relief.

The two leaders agreed to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" when they met for the first time on June 12 in Singapore.

The development comes amid strained ties between South Korea and the United States over how to negotiate denuclearisation with North Korea.

Pompeo said in an interview with CBS Sunday that he expects to make "some real progress" when he meets with his counterpart, including on the potential summit, "where we can make substantial steps towards denuclearization". A senior official at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul cautioned against reading too much into the decision to postpone the meeting.

"Russia requested consultations on the topic of sanctions against North Korea during tomorrow's general consultations at UN SC".

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

The North raised concern over the weekend when it warned via state-run media that it may resume nuclear development if the US doesn't lift punishing economic sanctions against it.

South Korea's presidential office said the government would later announce its stance over the postponed meeting, but South Korean news agency Yonhap said South Korean officials were notified by the USA of the postponement before it was announced in Washington. The resolution also envisages restrictions on delivering industrial equipment, heavy equipment and transport to North Korea.

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