High-level talks between United States and North Korea are postponed

High-level talks between United States and North Korea are postponed

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet North Korea's number two Kim Yong-chol in NY on Thursday, the State Department said.

A senior North Korean envoy's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been delayed, throwing already deadlocked diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons into further uncertainty.

Nauert said the meeting would be held when "our respective schedules permit", and that the administration remained focused on fulfilling Kim's pledge at his June summit with Trump to "denuclearize".

While U.S. and South Korean officials had expressed hope the talks could make some progress - including laying the groundwork for a second Trump-Kim meeting - North Korea has in recent weeks stepped up calls for sanctions relief.

Pompeo visited Pyongyang a month ago to prepare for that summit and met Kim Jong-un, but gave no sign that the meeting had produced great progress towards a second meeting of the leaders.

Pyongyang has complained that Washington has not made concessions in return for the moves it has taken and last Friday warned it could resume development of its nuclear program if the United States did not drop its sanctions campaign.

At a White House press conference, the president said Pompeo's meeting with Kim Yong Chol will be rescheduled. "We're in no rush whatsoever" to conclude a denuclearization pact with Pyongyang, Trump said Wednesday, adding he would "love to take the sanctions off", but North Korea has to be responsive. But the Blue House would not reveal the reason for the postponement and referred questions to the State Department.

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The talks between President Donald Trump's top diplomat and the North Korean delegation were due to be held on Thursday.

Russian Federation and China have argued that North Korea should be rewarded with an easing of sanctions for halting missile tests and opening up a dialogue with the United States on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. "And we're prepared to do that to support of Secretary Pompeo and make sure that we get to the desired end state which is a peaceful denuclearization".

"We're very happy with how it's going with North Korea".

After the cancellation, South Korea tried to quell concerns Wednesday, with presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom telling reporters, "We don't believe that the delay means the North Korea-U.S. summit won't happen or momentum for the summit has been lost", according to Reuters.

DPRK stands for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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

The top U.S. military officer said on Monday (Nov 5) that the United States would have to start making changes to its military posture on the Korean peninsula over time if talks with North Korea advance.

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