Pompeo to meet top N.Korean official in NY

10 November, 2018, 10:05 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington

Because over time, this negotiation will take a form where we're going to have to start making some changes to the military posture on the peninsula.

"We are going to make it another day", he said. "The sanctions are on".

In July, Russia and China delayed a USA push for the Security Council's sanctions committee to order a halt to refined petroleum exports to North Korea, asking for more detail on a US accusation that Pyongyang had breached sanctions, diplomats said.

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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.

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

"Ongoing conversations continue to take place", Nauert said in the statement, which came amid US midterm elections.

South Korea's foreign ministry said the meeting delay was "regrettable" but insisted that "excessively pessimistic interpretation was unnecessary".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, their wives and attendants ate naengmyeon at Okryugwan after an inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang in September. The resolution also envisages restrictions on delivering industrial equipment, heavy equipment and transport to North Korea.

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Diplomatic sources told CBS News reporter Kylie Atwood as recently as Monday that senior State Department officials were still confident in the plans for Pompeo's now-delayed meeting in NY.

North Korea warned last week that it will consider reviving its nuclear weapons program if the United States fails to lift its crippling economic sanctions against the regime.

North Korea claims it has taken some steps toward denuclearization and has expressed its displeasure that the United States has not made concessions in return.

The State Department on Monday announced that Pompeo would travel to NY with Stephen Biegun, the USA special representative for North Korea, to meet Kim Yong-chol.

While Republicans maintained control of the Senate, the Democrats now have the opportunity to block Trump's agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny.

Some analysts believe this weakened state could impact Trump's foreign policy and test his North Korean diplomatic gambit.

"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.

But the deal has resulted in few tangible results, other than the US suspension of some military exercises with South Korea, and North Korea's stated dismantlement of certain nuclear and missile testing sites, which the USA says falls short of its expectations.

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