A meeting between United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials set for Thursday, November 8th, has been postponed according to the State Department (Reuters). Pompeo was set to meet with his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong Chol with the top U.S. envoy to North Korea, Stephen Biegun (AP). The goal of the postponed meeting was to discuss full denuclearization of North Korea and planning a second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong- Un.
The U.S. State Department did not give a reason for the decision to postpone the meeting. However, news of the postponement comes after North Korean officials criticized the United States for sanctions on North Korea and hinted at restarting its nuclear program (NYT). South Korean officials said negotiations between the United States and North Korea are still moving ahead and to not put too much significance on the postponed meeting (Reuters). The meeting does not have a new time scheduled as of yet, with the State Department stating, “We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit” (NYT).
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