North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is likely to pay a visit to Russian Federation this month, South Korea's top diplomat said on Monday.
United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Tuesday abruptly postponed a meeting with a top North Korean official in NY scheduled for Thursday, in a setback to peace talks between the two countries, AFP reported.
Kim Eui-kyeom, the Blue House spokesman, said in a briefing Wednesday, "I don't believe that the postponement [of the high-level talks] means that the North-U.S. negotiations have become null or lost momentum or direction".
"Secretary Pompeo will travel to New York City with Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun to meet with DPRK Vice Chairman of the Central Committee Kim Yong Chol on November 8", the statement said. "But North Korea seems to be weighing the time and place while looking into the agenda and possible agreement with Russia", Woo said.
Atwood also noted that North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA has recently put out aggressive messages saying the Kim regime only suspended its nuclear testing with the expectation that the USA would begin easing sanctions.
Kim Yong Chol is a general, a former top intelligence chief and right-hand man to the North Korean leader.
"You could have a situation that South Korea and North Korea come to some kind of agreement and then suddenly there's an expectation that we would fall into line with that we would be willing to put scarce budget dollars into helping North Korea economically, you know, without having laid the groundwork or gotten enough concessions to make that possible", Kenney said at an Asia Society event that discussed USA policy toward Asia after the midterm elections.
The Democrats have traditionally advocated engagement with the reclusive state and sought to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis diplomatically - the same direction the Trump administration has taken to achieve the "final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea.
Over the weekend, North Korea criticized the USA for its continued support of sanctions and hinted it may resume nuclear development.
The development comes amid strained ties between South Korea and the U.S. over how to negotiate denuclearisation with North Korea. "We're in no rush".
South Korea's foreign ministry said the meeting delay was "regrettable" but insisted that "excessively pessimistic interpretation was unnecessary".
It will be the second meeting between Pompeo and Kim in NY. "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. The resolution also envisages restrictions on delivering industrial equipment, heavy equipment and transport to North Korea.