US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with North Korea Official

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with North Korea Official

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with North Korea Official

A meeting planned between US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and North Korean officials in NY later in the week has been postponed, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press release.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told President Moon Jae-in during a summit that submitting an inventory of his country's nuclear arsenal and facilities to the USA could spark an attack, national security adviser Chung Eui-yong said Tuesday. North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the US President Donald Trump's administration had failed to understand its repeated demand.

Lately it has been pushing for verification of any inventory the North provides, which would put the focus on the inspection of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and Tongchang-ri missile engine test facility the North has destroyed as well as the Yongbyon nuclear plant, which is still very active.

Cheong Wa Dae declined to comment on Dunford's remarks, but the presidential office reiterated Kim Jong-un's pledge, made during meetings with Moon and his top aides this year, that the North would not demand the withdrawal of USFK troops.

They still have not visited.

"Before trust is built up between the USA and North Korea, demanding that we give the USA a list of our fissile materials, nuclear weapons and delivery systems is the same as telling us to submit a list of targets for attacks", he quoted Kim as saying. On Sunday, Pompeo dismissed that as posturing ahead of negotiations this week.

The joint statement is the product of the historic summit last June between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-Un, which includes discussions of building stable peace on the Korean Peninsula.

After the cancellation, South Korea tried to quell concerns Wednesday, with presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom telling reporters, "We don't believe that the delay means the North Korea-U.S. summit won't happen or momentum for the summit has been lost", according to Reuters.

The U.S. State Department earlier said the top U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, was to join Pompeo and Kim to discuss how to get to what it calls "achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea.

But the growing divide between the USA and South Korea also has many concerned, as liberal President Moon Jae-in pushes for closer Korean ties including demilitarizing the border and increasing economic cooperation.

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