Pompeo to meet N. Korea number two on Thursday

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Pompeo had been due to meet with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol Thursday in NY in a bid to jump start efforts to reach agreement on how to implement a promise to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

After years of self-imposed isolation, and sanctions for its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, North Korea has this year been trying to build its foreign contacts.

"I think we have to look at it as a part of the process of reaching complete denuclearization and setting up a peace regime", Yonhap cited the unnamed official as saying. "We're in no hurry", Trump told reporters at a White House press conference. "The sanctions are on".

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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 State Department had been touting an agreement signed by Pompeo during the last U.S.

Atwood also noted that North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA has recently put out aggressive messages saying the Kim regime only suspended its nuclear testing with the expectation that the USA would begin easing sanctions.

He said Dunford only meant that "the Defense Department is in support of the State Department when it comes to the ongoing diplomatic negotiations with North Korea".

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (Nov 7) he hoped to meet again early next year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but that he was in "no rush" to negotiate.

South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Thursday the North had suggested a postponement.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said the United States had informed it of the talks' postponement in advance.

North Korea's foreign ministry has warned that Pyongyang will "seriously" consider reviving its nuclear weapons program unless U.S. sanctions are lifted.

The State Department did not give an explanation but said in a brief statement that the meeting "will now take place at a later date".

North Korea sees other countries raising the issue of human rights as a challenge to its sovereignty.

Democrats have said they are determined to obtain more information about meetings between Trump and Pompeo and Kim, anxious that Trump is so eager to make a "great deal" that he will give Kim too much with little in return.

North Korea announced earlier this year that it would make a strategic shift away from its dual-track strategy of investing in the economy and the nuclear program and would instead focus all efforts on economic development.

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