Trump says ‘in no rush’ on NK talks

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - WASH­ING­TON (AP)

— Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Wed­nes­day the U.S. is “in no rush” after talks be­tween his top diplo­mat and a se­nior North Korean en­voy were post­poned, throw­ing stalled diplo­macy over the North’s nu­clear weapons into fur­ther un­cer­tainty.

Trump said the meet­ing, which had been due to take place Thurs­day in New York, would be resched­uled, and that he still ex­pected to hold a se­cond sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un early next year.

Nei­ther side has prop­erly ex­plained why the planned talks be­tween Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo and Kim Yong-chol, a key aide of the North Korean leader, were post­poned. State De­part­ment spokesman Robert Pal­ladino de­scribed it as “purely a mat­ter of sched­ul­ing” but re­fused to elab­o­rate. The de­part­ment said the meet­ing would take place at an un­spec­i­fied later date, “when our re­spec­tive sched­ules per­mit.” North Korea’s pro­pa­ganda ser­vices have not men­tioned the meet­ing.

There’s been lit­tle diplo­matic progress in the five months since the June sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore where the U.S. and North Korean lead­ers com­mit­ted to “de­nu­cle­ariza­tion” of the di­vided Korean Penin­sula. Signs are grow­ing of an im­passe over how to achieve that goal. News of the post­pone­ment came after North Korea’s For­eign Min­istry crit­i­cized the U.S. last Fri­day for its con­tin­ued sup­port of sanc­tions and hinted it may re­sume nu­clear de­vel­op­ment.

Dur­ing a press con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day, mostly fo­cused on the midterm U.S. elec­tions, Trump con­tended that he had made more progress with North Korea than past ad­min­is­tra­tions, and said that with sanc­tions still in place, he was not in a hurry to reach a deal with Py­ongyang.

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