The meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un has been postponed for unclear reason
WASHINGTON – The fact that the meeting between US and North Korea was postponed represents a setback in what seems to be stalled talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
The State Department announced this decision in the middle of the night as results from the US midterm elections were coming in.
No explanation has been offered as to why the talks were postponed. However, two diplomatic sources said that the move was certainly a sign that North Korea has not been willing to cooperate with the US’s expectations.
Lately, the US has been trying to find some sort of concession from Pyongyang (for example, opening sites connected to its nuclear program for inspections) before going forward with a second summit between the two leaders.
Sources also said that North Korea is looking for the US to offer something before moving forward, but that the US has not been willing to give anything up first.
“We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit. Ongoing conversations continue to take place,” Nauert said.
Pompeo mentioned on Sunday that he would meet Kim Yong Chol Friday in New York to “make sure that the summit between our two leaders can take place, where we can make substantial steps towards denuclearization.”