Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold a new round of talks with a senior North Korean official in New York on Thursday, hoping to open the way for a second summit of the two countries’ leaders and make progress on denuclearisation.
Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a senior aide of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will “discuss making progress on all four pillars of the Singapore Summit joint statement, including achieving the final, fully verified denuclearisation” of North Korea, the State Department said in a statement.
President Donald Trump met Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June, the first summit meeting of an incumbent U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
At that meeting, Kim Jong Un, who seeks relief from tough U.S.-led sanctions, committed to work towards denuclearisation, but his steps since have fallen short of U.S. demands for irreversible moves to abandon a weapons programme that potentially threatens the United States.
South Korea is cooperating with Washington on sanctions against the North and expects progress from Pompeo’s meeting, said its national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong.
On Friday, North Korea warned it could resume development of its nuclear programme if the United States did not drop its sanctions campaign as reported by Reuters.
In Singapore, Kim and Trump also committed to building “a lasting and stable peace regime,” but Pyongyang has been disappointed by U.S. reluctance to agree a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War before the North gives up nuclear weapons.
Chung said Seoul was still trying to work out a deal to officially declare an end to the Korean War by the end of this year, a goal seen as increasingly doubtful in the face of opposition in Washington.