U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Friday he had cancelled a deliberate journey to North Korea by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying progress towards the U.S. purpose of a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula was too sluggish.
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“I’ve requested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to not go to North Korea, right now, as a result of I really feel we don’t make enough progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Trump stated on Twitter.
Pompeo was supposed to go to North Korea this weekend.
“Moreover, due to out a lot more durable Buying and selling stance with China, I don’t consider they’re serving to with the method of denuclearization as they as soon as have been … Secretary Pompeo appears ahead to going to North Korea within the close to future, most certainly after our Buying and selling relationship with China is resolved,” Trump tweeted.
“Within the meantime I wish to ship my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look ahead to seeing him quickly!”
The announcement comes days after the UN nuclear watchdog stated it didn’t discover any indication that North Korea had stopped its nuclear actions, including to doubts concerning the nation’s willingness to desert its arsenal.
“The continuation and additional growth of the DPRK’s nuclear program and associated statements by the DPRK are a trigger for grave concern,” the Worldwide Atomic Power Company (IAEA) stated in a report revealed late on Monday.
Trump stated in an interview with Reuters on Monday he believed North Korea had taken particular steps towards denuclearization and that he would “most certainly” meet once more with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un.
Trump held a landmark summit with Kim on June 12, at which the North Korean chief agreed in broad phrases to work towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.