Washington. Meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials set for Thursday in New York has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
“when our respective schedules permit,” the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. In a statement, it added, “Ongoing conversations continue to take place,” but did not elaborate.
“The United States remains focussed on fulfilling the commitments agreed to by President Trump and Chairman Kim at the Singapore summit in June,” it said as reported by Reuters.
Pompeo had been due to hold talks with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, which were hoped to have opened the way for a second summit of the two countries’ leaders and make progress on denuclearization.
The meeting agenda had been to “discuss making progress on all four pillars of the Singapore Summit joint statement, including achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization” of North Korea, the State Department had said this week.
The June meeting of President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore was 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 denuclearization.
His steps since have fallen short of U.S. demands for irreversible moves to abandon a weapons programme that potentially threatens the United States.