Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump says summit with N. Korea to happen early next year

Trump says summit with N. Korea to happen early next year

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.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday abruptly shelved plans to meet a top North Korean official in NY, the latest twist in diplomatic attempts to secure a potentially landmark peace deal.

A Thursday meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart in NY has been abruptly called off without explanation in another setback for the Trump administration's nuclear negotiations. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that North Korea canceled the meeting while the State Department was preparing visas for the visiting delegation.

This week's meeting was meant to "discuss making progress on all four pillars of the Singapore Summit joint statement", the State Department said in a statement earlier this week, including the eventual achievement of full denuclearization of the DPRK.

North Korea said last week that it would "seriously" consider returning to a state policy aimed at building nuclear weapons unless Washington lifts sanctions.

The cancellation comes amid North Korean threats to restart its nuclear development unless the US 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.

Woo also pointed out that the Trump administration will face growing pressure to take issue with North Korea's human rights record, which could further complicate Washington's denuclearization talks with Pyongyang. It's a two-way street. "We're in no hurry", Trump told reporters at a White House press conference.

North Korea has increasingly called for sanctions relief in return for its denuclearization steps, but the USA has refused to comply until the full and verified denuclearization of the regime.

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.

But the Blue House would not reveal the reason for the postponement, referring questions to the State Department.

The diplomacy on North Korea has seen a series of fits and starts, with Trump at one point scrapping a trip by Pompeo just as he was set to fly to Pyongyang.

And, in particular, an easing of worldwide sanctions, with the support more or less explicit of Russian Federation and China, as well as to South Korea, an ally of the United States, but the president Moon Jae-in is determined to turn the page of tension.

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