Russia Requests Closed UNSC Meeting on N Korea to Be Held Thursday

Russia Requests Closed UNSC Meeting on N Korea to Be Held Thursday

Russia Requests Closed UNSC Meeting on N Korea to Be Held Thursday

President Donald Trump played down concern over postponement of a meeting between Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and North Korean officials that was scheduled for this week, and said he expects to meet leader Kim Jong Un early next year.

Kim Eui-kyeom, the Blue House spokesman, said in a briefing Wednesday, "I don't believe that the postponement [of the high-level talks] means that the North-U.S. negotiations have become null or lost momentum or direction".

Nauert said the meeting would be held when "our respective schedules permit", and that the administration remained focused on fulfilling Kim's pledge at his June summit with Trump to "denuclearize".

"Not only complete denuclearization, but our capacity to verify that that has taken place is also a prerequisite to lifting economic sanctions", he said on CBS.

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 US would begin easing sanctions.

Pompeo had been due to hold talks with senior DPRK official Kim Yong-chol, which were hoped to have opened the way for a second summit of the two countries' leaders and make progress on denuclearization.

Pompeo, speaking on Sunday on Fox News, said he was "not worried" about the North Korean demands and insisted there would be "no economic relief until we have achieved our ultimate objective".

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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.

Kim and Trump signed an agreement at their landmark summit in June to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but the two sides have been at odds over the pace of Pyongyang's efforts to end its nuclear weapons program. "We're in no hurry", Trump told reporters at a White House press conference.

Seoul's Foreign Ministry also expressed hope that the US and North Korea can quickly reschedule a high-level meeting. We're going to make it on another date but we're very happy with how it's going with North Korea.

Trump also said he'll meet with Kim "sometime early next year".

The diplomacy on North Korea has seen a series of fits and starts, with Trump at one point scrapping a trip by Pompeo just as he was set to fly to Pyongyang.

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

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