North Korea issued a hostile statement to Washington

South Korea on Saturday called the USA decision to call off a trip to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unfortunate and said that continued diplomacy was most crucial in resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

On Monday, a spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in acknowledged that further inter-Korean engagement could be delayed, after President Donald Trump scrapped Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned visit to North Korea, citing a lack of progress in nuclear negotiations.

Pompeo and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha "reaffirmed the United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to the final, fully verified denuclearization of" North Korea, the State Department said.

The US leader said Friday he had asked Pompeo not to go to Pyongyang "because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

"The US statement violates basic facts and is irresponsible, " the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on its website.

The US blamed China for stalling talks with North Korea
GETTY MEDDLING The US blamed China for stalling talks with North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to visit North Korea next week.

In tweets, Trump argued that because of his "tougher trading stance, " the Chinese were not "helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were". North Korea admitted in 2002 it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train as spies, and five of them returned to Japan.

All relevant countries should "show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of acting capriciously and blaming others".

U.S. President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un walk together before their working lunch during their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore, June 12, 2018.

The event is scheduled to conclude with a meet-and-greet with the business leaders of North Korea. Privately, Trump and Kim Jong Un have been exchanging a series of letters, some couriered by Pompeo himself.


"We all knew that North Korea wasn't going to denuclearize".

Trump's tweets came after IAEA outlined "grave concern" about the North's nuclear programme in its report.

A United Nations agency recently reported it had not seen any indication that nuclear activities in North Korea have stopped.

It is unclear when this will visit will eventually take place.

Former U.S. ambassador to South Korea Christopher Hill praised the decision to cancel the upcoming trip, saying it looks like Trump "has begun to worry about #NorthKorea intentions".


"Continuing to "hate" America - long the major focus - would be out of step because President Moon has made clear that he is working together with the United States in his efforts".

I applaud the efforts made by President Trump as he tries to stabilize the region and halt North Korea's efforts to be a nuclear power. Trump has given Pyongyang the advantage and undercut his own negotiators.

Japan has been sceptical of North Korea's diplomatic charm offensive, which has led to summits with Trump, as well as leaders of South Korea and China.


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