The Department of Department of SEOUL USA said that a high-level meeting between state secretary Mike Pompeo and a senior North Korean official scheduled for Thursday was delayed indefinitely, another setback as the two sides attempt to maintain a rocky diplomatic process  Short statement Wednesday attributed to the State Department spokesman Heather Nauert, the United States said the two sides would reconstruct “when our respective schedules allow,” without elaborating.
Ms. Nauert did not leave an explanation of why the meeting was postponed, but the two sides had locked horns over the speed of the north’s progress on denuclearization and its demands for relief of US-led sanctions against Pyongyang.
Ms. Nauert said in his statement that the US is still focused on meeting commitments agreed by President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, indicating that the US is still interested in keeping the diplomatic process alive.
“Ongoing conversation continues to take place,”
North Korea has said that it has taken adequate first steps towards nuclear disruption by dismantling a missile launching site, a nuclear testing facility, and stopping missiles and nuclear weapons samples.
Pyongyang has demanded United States lifting arrangements in return, stressing that an improvement of the bilateral ties must come before it makes further concession.
US. Officials have balked at the thought of lifting sanctions, conditioning any relief to northern full and verified denuclearization.
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