Trump hopes to meet North Korean leader next year

  • Trump hopes to meet North Korean leader next year

Trump hopes to meet North Korean leader next year

Nauert said the United States remained focussed on fulfilling the commitments agreed to by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Singapore summit in June, reported The Washington Post.

United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Tuesday abruptly postponed a meeting with a top North Korean official in NY scheduled for Thursday, in a setback to peace talks between the two countries, AFP reported.

North Korea is getting increasingly angry at the USA, as talks are deadlocked and tensions between the two countries are on the rise, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN.

"Before trust is built up between the USA and North Korea, demanding that we give the USA a list of our fissile materials, nuclear weapons and delivery systems is the same as telling us to submit a list of targets for attacks", he quoted Kim as saying.

"But we are very happy how it is going with North Korea", Trump said.

But North Korea has stepped up its demands for an easing of USA sanctions and the State Department, without offering a reason, said late Tuesday that Pompeo's meeting was off.

"I would love to take the sanctions off, but they have to be responsive, too", Trump said.

"We are continuing negotiations with related countries to ensure a declaration officially ending the Korean War within this year as promised and we are very open when it comes to the format", he said.

After last year's fears of war, North Korea and the United States are trying to revive stalled diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear weapons.

But the Trump administration says that sanctions must remain as pressure until a final accord, rejecting an incremental approach favoured by ally South Korea.

The first summit between the United States and North Korean leaders took place in Singapore in June.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has abruptly shelved plans to meet a senior North Korean official in NY without explanation, the latest twist in diplomatic attempts to secure a potentially landmark peace deal.

"And nobody else could have done what I have done", he said.

Cheong Wa Dae declined to comment on Dunford's remarks, but the presidential office reiterated Kim Jong-un's pledge, made during meetings with Moon and his top aides this year, that the North would not demand the withdrawal of USFK troops.

Mr Pompeo has traveled four times this year to North Korea, for decades a USA pariah, in hopes of securing an accord.

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.

Many North Korea watchers doubt that the regime will ever truly give up nuclear weapons, to which three generations of the Kim dynasty have generously devoted the country's scarce resources.

Park Byung-kwang of the Institute for National Security Strategy in Seoul, said, "It appears to be an attempt to convey the North's thoughts and to gauge our stance at a time when progress in U.S".

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