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

Arturo Kim
November 10, 2018

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.

The UN Security Council is expected to meet behind closed doors at Russia's request on Thursday to discuss sanctions imposed on North Korea, diplomats said. We think it's going fine. But we're not in any rush at all. "The sanctions are on".

North Korea has demanded that the United States end its tough sanctions now that it is negotiating with Trump on a deal to end its nuclear program.

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Pompeo's meeting agenda had been to "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 had said this week.

A tougher USA stance on North Korea could complicate South Korea's efforts to improve relations with North Korea and expand cross-border exchanges in line with progress on the denuclearization of North Korea.

Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization at an unprecedented first meeting with Trump in Singapore but negotiations have made little headway since, with North Korea falling short of US demands for irreversible moves to abandon a weapons program that potentially threatens the United States.

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South Korea's foreign ministry said the meeting delay was "regrettable" but insisted that "excessively pessimistic interpretation was unnecessary".

North Korea said last week that it would "seriously" consider returning to a state policy aimed at building nuclear weapons unless Washington lifts sanctions.

But the State Department said in a short statement on Wednesday that the officials would meet later "when our respective schedules permit". He visited NY in May for talks with Pompeo in what was the highest-level trip by a North Korean to the United States in almost two decades.

Radio Free Asia reported in late October North Korea is making worldwide roaming available to a select group of Chinese visitors.

However, the Trump administration's engagement with the North could come under tighter scrutiny by the Democrat-controlled House, experts say, given that it has subpoena power and control of key committees. "I'm confident that we'll advance the ball again this week when I'm in New York City", he told CBS's "Face the Nation".

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.

But the deal has resulted in few tangible results, other than the US suspension of some military exercises with South Korea, and North Korea's stated dismantlement of certain nuclear and missile testing sites, which the USA says falls short of its expectations.

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