China blasts Trump comments as ‘irresponsible’ | Lexington Herald Leader

The Demilitarized Zone on the border with North Korea in Cheorwon Gangwon Province

North Korea's state-controlled newspaper on Sunday accused the United States of "double-dealing" and "hatching a criminal plot" against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly canceled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

However, the editorial called on the Trump administration to give up the "pointless military gamble" and enact the Singapore agreement that Trump and Kim agreed to in June.

This was a surprise to the officials at the State Department.

Trump's statement came just a day after Pompeo said he would again visit North Korea and would take his new special envoy, former auto industry executive Stephen Biegun, with him. Trump told Reuters on Monday he believed Kim had taken specific steps toward denuclearization and that they would "most likely" meet again.

But little has materialized from the denuclearization deal and negotiations remain at a stand-still.

USA president postponed Pompeo's planned trip to Pyongyang and blamed China for stalling efforts to disarm North Korea.

Still, the US has repeatedly reiterated the White House's stance that negotiations must begin with Kim first handing over his nukes.

Typhoon Soulik is forecast to make landfall at the southwestern town of Seocheon at 3 a.m. Friday, dumping 3-6 inches (7-15 centimeters) of rain and gusts of up to 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, meteorologists said.

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North Korean state-run media on Sunday slammed the US for "double-dealing" by allegedly conducting what it said were "secret drills involving man-killing special units", a charge that came just a day after a trip to Pyongyang by the top USA diplomat was canceled.

The US and China have been locked in a trade battle for months which again escalated this week, with a further round of tariffs imposed on each other's goods.

The US leader, who relishes unpredictability in negotiating, had at one point cancelled that meeting, citing North Korea's "open hostility".

A United Nations agency recently reported it had not seen any indication that nuclear activities in North Korea have stopped.

South Korea expects China to continue serving a "constructive role" in efforts to solve the nuclear crisis, it said, adding that Beijing continues to express commitment to implementing sanctions. It's nearly like these countries can't be trusted. "We are seriously concerned about this", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in the statement.

It appealed to both sides to "show more sincerity and flexibility" instead of "being capricious and overly prejudiced".

Saturday during a phone call with Sec. Kang asked Pompeo to keep the momentum of dialogue with North Korea to establish denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula, according to the Foreign Ministry's news release.

The material and equipment identified in the data are banned from being exported to North Korea under U.N. Security Council Resolution 2397, Cheong's office said.

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