Pompeo to meet top aide to Kim Jong Un on Thursday

In setback, Pompeo's North Korea meetings called off without explanation

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Thursday meeting with a key aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been postponed, the State Department said, a potential setback in the seemingly stalled talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with his North Korean counterpart in NY this week to continue discussions on the denuclearization of the regime, the State Department said Monday.

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".

The pair are slated to discuss progress on the "Four Pillars of the Singapore Summit Joint Statement", as well as the full denuclearization of the North Korea.

The cancellation of the talks comes just a week after North Korea threatened to resume its nuclear weapons programme if the United States failed to lift sanctions against the country.

Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, who is widely considered the North Korean leader's right-hand man, in NY in May ahead of the Singapore summit.




"We're working on finding dates and times and places that will work for each of the two leaders", Pompeo said at the time. But the Blue House would not reveal the reason for the postponement, referring questions to the State Department. He visited NY in May for talks with Pompeo in what was the highest-level trip by a North Korean to the United States in almost two decades.

Woo Yoon-keun, the South Korean ambassador to Russian Federation, said that although North Korea and Russian Federation may not have reached an agreement on Kim's visit, the trip could happen by this month " in consideration of several circumstances", Yonhap News Agency reported. "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".

In contrast to Washington's approach, the South's dovish president Moon Jae-in, who brokered the Singapore summit, has dangled large investment and joint cross-border projects as incentives for steps towards denuclearization.

Chinese President Xi Jinping could soon visit the North, and according to China-based sources, North Korea is relaxing phone restrictions.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing unidentified sources, also reported that Ri would make the three-day trip at that time. It also has returned the remains of US troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

The latest NY meeting was set to come ahead of a busy season of diplomacy, with Pompeo meeting senior Chinese officials in Washington on Friday.

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