Pompeo to meet with NK counterpart Thursday in New York

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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.

Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said in a statement around midnight Tuesday that "Pompeo's meeting with officials from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, scheduled for this week in NY, will now take place at a later date".

"We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

The exact reason for the postponement was unclear.

"We have a good opportunity to continue discussions around the denuclearization", said Sunday, Mike Pompeo, announcing his next meeting with Kim Yong Chol.

A think tank affiliated with the foreign ministry in Pyongyang warned Friday that the regime could resume nuclear work if the USA side didn't relax its economic blockade. "But North Korea seems to be weighing the time and place while looking into the agenda and possible agreement with Russia", Woo said.

"What remains to be done is the USA corresponding reply", it added. Pompeo said on October 8 that those inspectors would visit North Korea "as soon as we get it logistically worked out".

Diplomatic sources indicated that the North Korean side asked to postpone the talks.

"This last-minute announcement of a delay is not a good signal as it indicates negotiations were not going well enough to go ahead with the planned meeting", he said.

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A government source here said, "He seems to mean that the JCS could be ready for the suspension of joint drills, the scale-down of deployment of strategic assets on the peninsula, or a partial reduction of the USFK, if there is progress in denuclearization negotiations and the Korean War is formally declared over".

In December past year, UN Security Council adopted a resolution that imposed tougher sanctions on North Korea after Pyongyang's missile test.

The two leaders agreed to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" when they met for the first time on June 12 in Singapore.

"We will make it another day".

As CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy has noted from Beijing, the Trump administration thus far has stuck by its stance that sanctions against North Korea will only be dropped once denuclearization is achieved, or at least demonstrably underway.

FILE - Journalists look around the third tunnel of Punggye-ri nuclear test ground before it is blown up during the dismantlement process in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, North Korea, May 24, 2018.

Pompeo said earlier that he plans to discuss with his counterpart the North Korean leader's promise to allow worldwide inspectors into the nuclear testing site in Punggye-ri and the missile engine testing site in Dongchang-ri to verify their dismantlement.

South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Thursday the North had suggested a postponement. -China diplomatic and security dialogue in Washington on Friday.

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