Trump ‘in no rush’ af­ter talks post­poned

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON >> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said 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 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 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. The State 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.

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