U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Kim Yong Chol, left, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, arrive for a lunch at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, July 7, 2018.
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. No reason was provided for the postponement.
A think tank affiliated with the foreign ministry in Pyongyang warned Friday that the regime could resume nuclear work if the USA side didn't relax its economic blockade.
The cancellation comes amid North Korean threats to restart its nuclear development unless the USA 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.
"What remains to be done is the U.S. corresponding reply", it added.
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"It's a lot easier when the North Koreans are misbehaving, that tends to promote solidarity between Washington and Seoul", Russel said.
"This last-minute announcement of a delay is not a good signal as it indicates negotiations were not going well enough to go ahead with the planned meeting", he said. Pompeo said on October 8 that those inspectors would visit North Korea "as soon as we get it logistically worked out".
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The New York meeting comes with the two sides at loggerheads almost five months after the summit, in which Trump and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
US officials have said Vietnam's socialist market economy could be an example for North Korea.
Seoul's Foreign Ministry also expressed hope that the US and North Korea can quickly reschedule a high-level meeting.
North Korea is getting increasingly angry at the United States, as talks are deadlocked and tensions between the two countries are on the rise, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN.
JS Tours has also offered a new five-night, six-day tour package bound for Mount Paekdu, saying Moon and Kim had a commemorative photo together at the Chonji crater lake on top of the North Korean mountain, according to RFA.
South Korea's presidential Blue House said the United States had informed it of the talks' postponement in advance.
"I would love to take the sanctions off, but they have to be responsive too".