South Korea: North Korea Canceled Talks with Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at press conference at the US Department of State in Washington
AFP ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS

South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told her country’s National Assembly on Thursday that the communist regime in North Korea requested to postpone scheduled talks between dictator Kim Jong-un’s top aide Kim Yong-chol and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The State Department confirmed on Wednesday that the talks, scheduled to occur in New York on Thursday, would happen at a later date, citing scheduling conflicts. President Donald Trump himself addressed the issue during a press conference this week, suggesting that denuclearization talks between the two countries have continued in a positive direction.

The South Korean newswire service Yonhap reported on Thursday that Kang revealed in remarks that day that North Korea had canceled the talks, not Washington.

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