Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mike Pompeo's meeting with North Korean official postponed

Mike Pompeo's meeting with North Korean official postponed

Pompeo has travelled four times this year to North Korea to work on achieving an accord. We think it's going fine.

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. The statement did not give a reason why the meeting was called off.

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.

"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 U.S. leaders. Pompeo said on October 8 that those inspectors would visit North Korea "as soon as we get it logistically worked out". North Korea's propaganda services have not mentioned the meeting.

But North Korea has stepped up its demands for an easing of USA sanctions and the State Department, without offering a reason, said late Tuesday that Pompeo's meeting was off.

"We're in a pretty good place right now".

"There have been cases in the past when US-North Korea talks were delayed, so there is no need to shift between hope and fear", a senior ministry official told reporters. "We're not going to be driven into artificial timelines".

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with President Donald Trump, left, during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

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. That effort has stalled, with North Korea refusing to declare the details of its nuclear capabilities or, so far, allow worldwide inspectors into the country to verify claims that is has dismantled certain sites.

The UNSC has repeatedly imposed sanctions on North Korea over the country's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

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.

However, skepticism persists among conservatives in South Korea that Pyongyang could change its position if the two Koreas and the United States were to declare an end to the Korean War and subsequently enter negotiations for a peace treaty to replace the current armistice agreement. Some have questioned whether US Forces Korea would consider withdrawing if North Korea made substantial progress on denuclearization.

"Keeping these things in sync is always a challenge", said former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel. -North Korean meetings in Pyongyang in early October. "When the North Koreans are seemingly opening the door, then those differences in priorities and perspective can create tensions".

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