N. Korea not ready for talks with US – Ha­ley

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UNITED NA­TIONS (Reuters) - North Korea post­poned talks with the United States on Thurs­day “be­cause they weren’t ready,” US Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Nikki Ha­ley said as she urged Py­ongyang to take ac­tion to im­ple­ment a June deal be­tween the coun­tries.

Speak­ing to re­porters ahead of a closed-door UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing on North Korea sanc­tions, Ha­ley said the United States had al­ready acted and “now it’s North Korea’s turn.”

“There’s no time to stall or no time to de­lay or try and get past not go­ing through with what was agreed in Sin­ga­pore,” said Ha­ley, who will step down at the end of the year.

Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo had been due to meet North Korean of­fi­cials in New York on Thurs­day, but the State De­part­ment said on Wed­nes­day it would be post­poned to a later date. It gave no rea­son for the de­lay.

The North Korean mis­sion to the United Na­tions did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

De­scrib­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Py­ongyang as “cor­dial,” Ha­ley said she did not think there was a “ma­jor is­sue” and she be­lieved the talks would be resched­uled.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil met to dis­cuss sanc­tions on North Korea on Thurs­day at the re­quest of Rus­sia. Ha­ley has ac­cused Rus­sia of cheat­ing on UN sanc­tions on North Korea.

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