Kim Jong-un likely to visit Russian Federation this month

Hugh Fox
November 10, 2018

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

The State Department said the talks would be rescheduled "when our respective schedules permit".

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.

"We have a good opportunity to continue discussions around the denuclearization", said Sunday, Mike Pompeo, announcing his next meeting with Kim Yong Chol.

South Korea's presidential office said it had received advance notice about the postponement of Thursday's meeting and tried to play down the impact on the overall process.

United States critics say that North Korea has yet to make any concrete concessions and it has rejected demands for what it described as its "unilateral disarmament".

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"I would love to take the sanctions off, but they have to be responsive, too", Trump said.

It offered no reason and North Korea's propaganda services have not mentioned the meeting.

North Korea sees other countries raising the issue of human rights as a challenge to its sovereignty.

"Secretary Pompeo will travel to New York City with Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun to meet with DPRK Vice Chairman of the Central Committee Kim Yong Chol on November 8", the statement said.

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

Trump's engagement with North Korea in recent months was apparently timed to the midterms, but he will no longer agree to major meetings if there are no realistic expectations of progress in nuclear diplomacy, Koh said.

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Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization at an unprecedented first meeting with Trump in Singapore but negotiations have made little headway since, with North Korea falling short of US demands for irreversible moves to abandon a weapons program that potentially threatens the United States.

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.

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. "We are confident going forward", Palladino told reporters during a regular briefing.

"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 USA leaders.

North Korea announced earlier this year that it would make a strategic shift away from its dual-track strategy of investing in the economy and the nuclear program and would instead focus all efforts on economic development.

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