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North Korea talks could affect U.S. military posture on Korean peninsula: Dunford

10 November 2018

A day after announcing that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official would hold talks in NY this week, the U.S. Department of State abruptly said Wednesday the meeting has been postponed to an unspecified later date.

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".

Pyongyang accused Washington of derailing commitments made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump at their June summit in Singapore.

"The Secretary and Vice Chairman Kim will discuss making progress on all four pillars of the Singapore Summit joint statement, including achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK", it added.

Trump and Pompeo have consistently said that sanctions will not be removed until North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons and allows the worldwide community to verify it has done so.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has abruptly shelved plans to meet a senior North Korean official in NY without explanation, the latest twist in diplomatic attempts to secure a potentially landmark peace deal.

There are concerns that North Korea's push for such a declaration could be a ploy to divide the US-South Korea alliance and secure the withdrawal of the 28,500 US troops based in the South.

The cancellation comes amid North Korean threats to restart its nuclear development unless the US begins to remove sanctions - a step the administration says it will not take until North Korea meaningfully moves to denuclearize, which it so far has not done. Then, North Korea agreed to allow inspectors to visit its missile engine test site and nuclear test site.

Tourism is considered one of the rare sources of foreign currency earnings for North Korea, which has been put under worldwide economic sanctions.

Trump and Kim Jong Un's first meeting took place in Singapore earlier this year, but the talks that between the two sides since appear to have reached a stalemate.

That decision came after Kim Yong-chol met with Pompeo in NY in May.

North Korea is getting increasingly angry at the USA, as talks are deadlocked and tensions between the two countries are on the rise, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN. "There's no rush whatsoever", Trump told reporters at the White House.

On Friday, an official with North Korea's Foreign Ministry threatened that if United States does not ease sanctions, that Pyongyang could restart "building up nuclear forces".

Yoon Young-chan, a spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said his government was aware of the postponement.

North Korea talks could affect U.S. military posture on Korean peninsula: Dunford