Trump abruptly cancels Pompeo’s trip to North Korea

Trump abruptly cancels Pompeo’s trip to North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed in broad terms to work toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June.

North Korea's state-controlled newspaper accused the USA of "double-dealing" on Sunday after Washington canceled a planned visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as negotiations over the pariah state's nuclear arsenal continue to stall. The top diplomats of South Korea and the USA have reaffirmed their commitment to the goal of achieving North Korea's fully verified denuclearization.

Negotiations between the USA and North Korea have slowed over the denuclearization progress of the Korean Peninsula, according to Trump.

In a statement released Saturday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China is making "unremitting efforts" to abide by the U.N. Security Council's resolutions, and urged all parties to "stick to the direction of seeking a political settlement".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to visit North Korea next week for what he described as the next stage in ensuring the "final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea".

Trump said on August 20 that he would "most likely" meet Kim for a second time and that he believed Pyongyang had taken specific steps towards denuclearization.

The 86-year-old Kim is one of a dwindling number of elderly South Koreans who, frustrated by North Korea's reluctance to allow more frequent reunions and by the small chance that they will be selected before they die, found unofficial networks to communicate with their North Korean relatives. In the meantime, I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim (Jong-un).

Only now does Trump realize that North Korea did not intend to give up its nuclear weapons, at least not as soon as he wanted, Lee said.

Following the summit, the two sides have struggled to narrow differences over the North's nuclear weapons programme.

Eric Gomez, a policy analyst for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, said that "once again with North Korea, Trump creates a problem that didn't need to exist".

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea".

Trump's trade war with China has caused considerable anger in Beijing and makes it unlikely that the government there could be persuaded to cooperate if the United States wants to return to exerting "maximum pressure" on North Korea economically.

The Post quoted two unnamed senior US administration officials as saying the letter came on Friday from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, who led previous rounds of talks with Pompeo.

The president stated that Pompeo's visit would be rescheduled in the future.

I applaud the efforts made by President Trump as he tries to stabilize the region and halt North Korea's efforts to be a nuclear power. Moon could play a role in facilitating negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

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