United States top diplomat Pompeo's meeting with DPRK officials postponed - USA

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in NY on Thursday to discuss North Korea's denuclearisation.

A senior North Korean envoy's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been delayed, throwing already deadlocked diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons into further uncertainty.

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

Pompeo had been due to hold talks in NY on Thursday with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol aimed at paving the way for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un and at making progress on denuclearization.

Similarly, Trump, through a public letter on May 24, canceled his first summit with Kim Jong-un, which was in the works for June 12 in Singapore, blaming "open hostility" in Pyongyang's rhetoric.

Last week, the North's foreign ministry threatened to return to Pyongyang's former policy of "byeongjin", which calls for simultaneously developing its nuclear program and economy, if the USA did not start lifting sanctions.

The US has been looking for some sort of concession from Pyongyang - such as opening sites connected to its nuclear program for inspections - before going forward with a second summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim, the two sources said.

At a White House press conference, the president said Pompeo's meeting with Kim Yong Chol will be rescheduled.

"Ongoing conversations continue to take place", Nauert said in the statement, which came amid US midterm elections.

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

But it comes amid renewed doubts about the Trump administration's efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal in exchange for security guarantees and sanctions relief.

"But I will say this, I will say this very simply - We are in no rush, the sanctions are on", he said.

Vigilant Ace, suspended this month, is one of several such exercises halted to encourage dialogue with Pyongyang, which has criticised joint US-South Korea exercises in the past.

"There has already been in the past examples of reports of discussions between the United States and North Korea, so there is no reason to ditch the hope of concern", told reporters a senior official in the ministry.

South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said later Wednesday that his government doesn't believe U.S.

Chinese President Xi Jinping could soon visit the North, and according to China-based sources, North Korea is relaxing phone restrictions.

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