Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed

Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in NY on Thursday, the State Department said.

"We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Pyongyang accused Washington of derailing commitments made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump at their June summit in Singapore.

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 US of the postponement before it was announced in Washington.

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.

"I would love to take the sanctions off, but they have to be responsive, too", Trump said.

The 15-member Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

North Korea anxious to jack up its tourism revenue appears to be aggressively promoting the symbols of inter-Korean summit talks, such as Pyongyang cold noodles, the border peace village of Panmunjom and Mount Paekdu, to potential foreign tourists.

Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Seoul did not believe it would mean that the second summit would not take place and a senior South Korean foreign ministry official said that while the rescheduling was regrettable, there was no need to "overthink the postponement".

In mid-October, Pompeo evoked the possibility of a second summit, preceded by talks with Kim Yong-chol.

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.

The Trump administration has said that sanctions will not be lifted until North Korea gives up its weapons.

The State Department had been touting an agreement signed by Pompeo during the last U.S.

Pompeo will meet with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee.

"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 United States leaders.

Tensions between the USA and North Korea that spiked last year when Trump and Kim were trading insults and dire threats have ebbed this year, but the North has not taken irreversible steps to give up the nukes it spent decades making and which it views as key to its security.

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