Day after postponement of US-North Korea talks, South Korea says Pyongyang pushed Washington to reschedule
The US State Department said on Wednesday that the encounter between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and top North Korean official Kim Yong-chol, initially scheduled for Thursday, had been shelved for "a later date". No further explanation was given, but Pyongyang is demanding sanctions imposed on it over its weapons programmes are eased, while Washington insists they should stay in place until it denuclearises.
The talks between President Donald Trump's top diplomat and the North Korean delegation, which had been due on Thursday, "will now take place at a later date," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. "We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit," she added in a statement.
Mike Pompeo to meet North Korean official in New York on Thursday as countries seek second Trump-Kim summit
Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol, a senior aide of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will “discuss making progress on all four pillars of the Singapore Summit joint statement, including achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization” of North Korea, the State Department said in a statement on Monday.
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Pyongyang apparently wants to first achieve an official end to the seven-decade state of war with South Korea, while Washington wants to start immediately on the long process of denuclearization.
South Korea urges North to implement agreements signed by Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, resume dialogue
South Korea on Thursday urged North Korea to fulfill the agreements reached during the inter-Korean summit and to resume talks a day after Pyongyang cancelled a high-level meeting with Seoul and said it was reconsidering its participation in the upcoming summit with the US.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls on North Korea and South Korea to seize opportunities of planned summit
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged all sides to seize the opportunities of a planned summit between North and South Korea
Kim Jong-un 'warmly welcomes' South Korean delegation in Pyongyang, exchanges views on bilateral ties, peace
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discussed ways to ease tensions on the peninsula with visiting South Korean envoys
South Korean president Moon Jae-in's top security advisor voiced the dialogue must not get in the way of international sanctions against the communist state.