Pompeo to meet senior DPRK official in NY

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington

Pompeo and North Korean general Kim Yong-chol, "will discuss making progress on all four pillars of the Singapore Summit joint statement, including achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of (North Korea)", State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said on Monday.

North Korea warned last week that it will consider reviving its nuclear weapons program if the United States fails to lift its crippling economic sanctions against the regime.

"What remains to be done is the U.S. corresponding reply", it added.

In a wide-ranging news conference after congressional elections, Trump said he was willing to accede to North Korea's key demand of easing sanctions "but they have to be responsive to us".

But Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said that the postponement was a bad sign.

Tourism is considered one of the rare sources of foreign currency earnings for North Korea, which has been put under global economic sanctions.

The diplomacy comes a year after fears mounted of war, with Trump threatening "fire and fury" after Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

The two leaders agreed to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" when they met for the first time on June 12 in Singapore.

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North Korea and the U.S. are engaged in negotiations to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons in return for corresponding measures by the US.

Russian Federation said in October it was time to consider the possibility of relaxing the global restrictions against Pyongyang amid commitment expressed by North Korea's leadership to denuclearize of the Korean Peninsula.

Washington briefed Seoul about the postponement ahead of the announcement, this official added.

South Korea's foreign ministry said the meeting delay was "regrettable" but insisted that "excessively pessimistic interpretation was unnecessary".

The sources ‎told CNN that North Korea, for its part, is looking for the United States to offer something before moving forward, but that the U.S. has not been willing to give anything up first, such as easing the punitive sanctions levied on the Kim regime.

Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, who is widely considered the North Korean leader's right-hand man, in NY in May ahead of the Singapore summit. "The North side said 'both of our schedules are busy, so let's postpone, '" Kang said, according what she was told by the United States. "If Democrats take issue with a range of issues, the Trump administration could be distracted and lose its energy and time to efficiently focus on dealing with the North Korea issue".

Kim Yong-chol had been booked for a flight from Beijing to NY on Wednesday.

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