Pompeo to meet top N.Korean official in NY

Kim Yong Chol of North Korea meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month in New York City

The top USA military officer said on Monday (Nov 5) that the United States would have to start making changes to its military posture on the Korean peninsula over time if talks with North Korea advance.

North Korea has increasingly called for sanctions relief in return for its denuclearization steps, but the U.S. has refused to comply until the full and verified denuclearization of the regime.

"I think we have to look at it as a part of the process of reaching complete denuclearization and setting up a peace regime", Yonhap cited the unnamed official as saying.

"We are going to make it another day", he said.

Trump said he still expected to hold a second summit with Kim.

North Korea announced earlier this year that it would make a strategic shift away from its dual-track strategy of investing in the economy and the nuclear program and would instead focus all efforts on economic development.

Mike Pompeo was subsequently commissioned to negotiate, especially with Kim Yong Chol, a senior north Korean leaders, the content and timing of this commitment is still vague.

Over the weekend, North Korea criticized the United States for its continued support of sanctions and hinted it may resume nuclear development.

"The sanctions are on".

In a statement, it added, "Ongoing conversations continue to take place", but did not elaborate.

Kim also help a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore in June, when he was cited by North Korean media as expressing his admiration for Singapore's economic development.

DPRK stands for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Then, North Korea agreed to allow inspectors to visit its missile engine test site and nuclear test site. "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 State Department on Monday announced that Pompeo would travel to NY with Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, to meet Kim Yong-chol.

The Democrats regained control of the US House of Representatives, where they will seek to keep Trump's agenda in check, while the Republicans maintained their majority in the Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections.

However, the Trump administration's engagement with the North could come under tighter scrutiny by the Democrat-controlled House, experts say, given that it has subpoena power and control of key committees.

Still, Pompeo had predicted "real progress" as recently as Sunday.

In December previous year, UN Security Council adopted a resolution that imposed tougher sanctions on North Korea after Pyongyang's missile test.



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