WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he expects to meet again with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said Wednesday he expects to meet again with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un at the beginning of next year and that a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials would have taken place the week should be replaced.
US. President Donald Trump talks about a news conference after Tuesday’s central election at the White House in Washington, USA, November 7, 201
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Pompeo had told to hold talks in New York on Thursday with senior North Korean officials Kim Yong Chol aims at to pave the way for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un and to make progress on denuclearization.
The government department said at the beginning of Wednesday that the meeting had been postponed but gave no cause and alarmed that talks aimed at convincing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons could break down. The state department said the conversation would be reverted “when our respective schedules allow”.
Trump told a press conference about the White House that the change was “due to travel done” but not drafted on them. “We are going to do it … another day,” he said. “But we are very pleased with how North Korea is doing. We think it’s going well. We have no rush.”
Trump said he was still waiting to hold a second summit with Kim. “Someday next year, I would say. Sometimes early next year,” he said.
Kim promised to work for the nuclear industry at an earlier previous meeting with Trump in Singapore, but negotiations have gone a long time since North Korea lacks US demands for irrevocable measures to abandon a weapon program that potentially threatens the United States.
Pyongyang has complained that Washington has not made any concessions contrary to the features it has taken and last Friday warned of resuming the development of its nuclear program if the United States did not release its sanction campaign.
The trumpet administration has said sanctions will not be lifted until North Korea gives up its weapons.
“The sanctions are on… I would like to remove the sanctions, but they (North Korea) must also be susceptible,” said Trump on Wednesday.
State Department said “talks continue to take place” with North Korea and allow : “The United States is still focused on meeting the commitments agreed by President Trump and President Kim at the Singapore Summit in June.”  South Korea, which has worked to encourage the dialogue between the United States and North Korea, sought to play the talks
Korean president spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said that Seoul did not believe it would mean that the second summit would not take place and a senior official from the South Korean Foreign Ministry said that while the relocation was regrettable, it was not necessary to “consider postponement “.
” I think we must look at it as part of the process of achieving full nuclear power and establish a peace regime, “said the official to journalists.
Trump spoke after his republican party lost control of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday after the Democrats traveled a wave of dissatisfaction with their presidency in the mid-term elections.
Some analysts believe that this worsening condition could affect Trump’s foreign policy and test its North Korean diplomatic gambit.
While the Republicans retained control of the Senate, Democrats now have the opportunity to block Trump’s agenda and open its administration for intensive review.
Democrats have said they are determined to get more information about meetings between Trump and Pompeo and Kim, worried that Trump is so eager to do a “big deal” that he will give Kim too much with a little in return.
North Korea has for years run nuclear and missile programs in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, but the bellicose rhetoric of both Pyongyang and Trump, which provoked fear of war, has facilitated this year.
Report by Jeff Mason, David Brunnstrom and Lisa Lambert in Washington; Further Reporting by Eric Beech in WASHINGTON and Joyce Lee in SEOUL; Editing Nick Macfie and James Dalgleish
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