US President Donald Trump called off a visit to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the latter received a belligerent letter from a senior North Korean official just hours after the trip was announced last week, the Washington Post reported on Monday (Aug 27).
Pompeo and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha "reaffirmed the United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to the final, fully verified denuclearization of" North Korea, the State Department said.
"We cannot but take a serious note of the double-dealing attitudes of the USA as it is busy staging secret drills involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face", the commentary from North Korea's Rodong Sinmun said, citing South Korean reports that U.S. special units had been flown to the Philippines as part of an invasion drill.
China and South Korea on Saturday urged Washington and Pyongyang not to walk away from the negotiating table despite the unexpected cancellation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned trip to North Korea.
He also accused China of not helping enough. North Korea admitted in 2002 it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train as spies, and five of them returned to Japan.
It appealed to both sides to "show more sincerity and flexibility" instead of "being capricious and overly prejudiced".
At their summit in April, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to "carry out disarmament in a phased manner, as military tension is alleviated and substantial progress is made in military confidence building".
Mr. Pompeo on Thursday said Mr. Biegun, who served as the company's vice president of worldwide governmental affairs, would travel with him to North Korea next week. "Trump may be the only American president who is willing to deal with Kim Jong-un".
Kawasaki was 17 when she signed up for the repatriation program, which began in the 1950s and was backed by an aggressive campaign in Korean communities in Japan for people to take ships to go live in North Korea.
The UN's nuclear agency (IAEA) has also said North Korea is continuing with its nuclear programme.
Trump's trade war with China has caused considerable anger in Beijing and makes it unlikely that the government there could be persuaded to cooperate if the United States wants to return to exerting "maximum pressure" on North Korea economically. There Trump maintained "we're doing well with North Korea".
"Continuing to "hate" America - long the major focus - would be out of step because President Moon has made clear that he is working together with the United States in his efforts".
More than 300 South Koreans travelled on Friday to North Korea to take part in the second round of reunions of families separated by the Korean War.
The spokesman added the two Koreas continue to discuss matters such as the timing of the office's opening, after agreeing to open it "soon". Moon could play a role in facilitating negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.