Py­ongyang

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Nu­clear set­back: U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo’s planned meet­ing with his North Korean coun­ter­part in New York was called off at the last minute this week, just days af­ter the regime of dic­ta­tor Kim Jong Un threat­ened to restart its nu­clear weapons pro­gram un­less the U.S. lifted sanc­tions. No rea­son was given for the can­celed meet­ing, and the State Depart­ment said the talks “will now take place at a later date.” The can­cel­la­tion is a sign of the grow­ing rift be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Py­ongyang. North Korea says it has hon­ored the vague de­nu­cle­ariza­tion deal agreed on by Kim and Pres­i­dent Trump in Sin­ga­pore in June, hav­ing dis­man­tled a mis­sile-launch site and a nu­clear-test­ing fa­cil­ity. It now wants the U.S. to lift sanc­tions, which U.S. of­fi­cials refuse to do be­fore the North’s com­plete and ver­i­fied de­nu­cle­ariza­tion.

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