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08 November 2018, 02:50 | Glen Norman
U.S. South Korea Resume Military Drills Ahead of North Korea Nuclear Talks YONHAP AFP YONHAP 5 Nov 2018
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with President Donald Trump, left, during a break in talks at their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned meeting with his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong-chol, which was due to take place in NY on Thursday, has been postponed, the State Department said Tuesday.
The U.S. and North Korea are set to hold high-level talks in NY on Thursday.
"Before trust is built up between the USA and North Korea, demanding that we give the USA a list of our fissile materials, nuclear weapons and delivery systems is the same as telling us to submit a list of targets for attacks", he quoted Kim as saying.
State Department officials gave no further reasons for the delay to the meeting, although North Korea has stepped up its demands that the United States lift sanctions. We think it's going fine.
Trump, in a free-wheeling news conference after midterm elections, said he was willing eventually to ease the pressure on North Korea. "We're in no rush".
After last year's fears of war, North Korea and the United States are trying to revive stalled diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear weapons. "Some time next year, I would say".
"The sanctions are on". That effort has stalled, with North Korea refusing to declare the details of its nuclear capabilities or, so far, allow worldwide inspectors into the country to verify claims that is has dismantled certain sites.
"Gen. Dunford was simply highlighting that the Defense Department is in support of the State Department when it comes to the ongoing diplomatic negotiations with North Korea", JCS spokesperson Col. Patrick S. Ryder told Voice of America.
But the growing divide between the USA and South Korea also has many concerned, as liberal President Moon Jae-in pushes for closer Korean ties including demilitarizing the border and increasing economic cooperation.
"I think we have to look at it as a part of the process of reaching complete denuclearization and setting up a peace regime", the unnamed official told reporters.
In Seoul, South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said that his government doesn't believe U.S.
On Sunday, Pompeo said he was "not worried" about the North Korean demands and insisted there would be "no economic relief until we have achieved our ultimate objective".
While Republicans maintained control of the Senate, the Democrats now have the opportunity to block Trump's agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny. Instead of following through on that, in recent days North Korea has been criticizing the USA over its sanctions, threatening last Friday to bring back its "byongjin" policy - advancing its nuclear arsenal and economic development at the same time.
Democrats have said they are determined to obtain more information about meetings between Trump and Pompeo and Kim, anxious that Trump is so eager to make a "great deal" that he will give Kim too much with little in return.
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