U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold a meeting with a visiting senior official from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in NY on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.
There's been little diplomatic progress in the five months since the June summit in Singapore where the US and North Korean leaders committed to "denuclearization" of the divided Korean Peninsula. "The North side said 'both of our schedules are busy, so let's postpone, '" Kang said, according what she was told by the United States. But we're not in any rush at all.
In a statement, it added, "Ongoing conversations continue to take place", but did not elaborate.
Tourism is considered one of the rare sources of foreign currency earnings for North Korea, which has been put under global economic sanctions.
Meanwhile, a satellite imagery analysis published by the website 38 North suggested that North Korea is continuing uranium mining and milling operations at one of the country's largest declared uranium ore concentrate facilities.
Kim Jong-un and Pompeo during their October 7 talks in Pyongyang, along with discussing a potential second North-U.S. summit, agreed to hold working-level talks, but Choe has yet to hold such talks with Biegun.More news: Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt
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Atwood also noted that North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA has recently put out aggressive messages saying the Kim regime only suspended its nuclear testing with the expectation that the USA would begin easing sanctions.
In addition to Pompeo's talks with his counterpart, the NY meeting in NY was expected to be the first between Trump's special North Korean envoy, Stephen Biegun, and his counterpart, Choe Son Hui.
The U.S. on Wednesday denied that it plans to reduce its military presence in South Korea after remarks from its top military officer sent alarm bells ringing.
Over the weekend, North Korea criticized the U.S. for its continued support of sanctions and hinted it may resume nuclear development. That has put him at odds at times with the Trump administration, including when requesting sanctions exemptions for joint economic projects with the North.
Trump spoke after his Republican Party lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday after the Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with his presidency in mid-term elections.
Some analysts suggest a domestically weakened Trump may impact his foreign policy, even test his North Korean diplomatic gambit.
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.