Denuclearization deadlock as Pompeo's meeting with N. Koreans delayed


A meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials set for Thursday in NY has been postponed and will be rescheduled "when our respective schedules permit", the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

At the State Department on Wednesday, deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said the postponement "is purely a scheduling issue".

But the State Department said in a short statement on Wednesday that the officials would meet later "when our respective schedules permit".

The meeting, scheduled for this week in NY, she said, "will reconvene when our respective schedules permit".

"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.

Kim also help a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore in June, when he was cited by North Korean media as expressing his admiration for Singapore's economic development.

This graphic image shows U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) meeting with Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, in NY in May 2018.

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Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, who is widely considered the North Korean leader's right-hand man, in NY in May ahead of the Singapore summit.

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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're in no rush".

Asked about earlier remarks by U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford that Washington will have to make "some changes to the military posture" if negotiations with North Korea make progress, JCS spokesman Patrick Ryder told Voice of America that it is not considering scaling down its defense posture in South Korea. A senior official at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul cautioned against reading too much into the decision to postpone the meeting.

The latest NY meeting was set to come ahead of a busy season of diplomacy, with Pompeo meeting senior Chinese officials in Washington on Friday.

South Korea's presidential office said it had received advance notice about the postponement of Thursday's meeting and tried to play down the impact on the overall process.

Meanwhile, a satellite imagery analysis published by the website 38 North suggested that North Korea is continuing uranium mining and milling operations at one of the country's largest declared uranium ore concentrate facilities.