Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Trump called off Pompeo's North Korea visit after belligerent letter

China Condemns 'Irresponsible' Trump Accusations Over N. Korea China, South Korea respond to Trump's criticism on North Korea progress
| 28 August, 2018, 10:44

The remarks came three days after U.S. President Donald Trump called off a scheduled trip by his State Secretary Mike Pompeo to the communist North.

Tokyo is also pushing hard to resolve the sensitive issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea. But South Korea sought to play down concerns. The top diplomats of South Korea and the US have reaffirmed their commitment to the goal of achieving North Korea's fully verified denuclearization.

The editorial, which did not mention the Pompeo visit, urged Washington to give up the "pointless military gamble" and implement the Singapore agreement, in which the leaders pledged to work towards a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Expressing regret, the ministry said that it would be significant to continue to seek ways to make talks between North Korea and the United States contribute to the common goal of the Korean Peninsula's complete denuclearization and the permanent peace settlement, Xinhua news agency reported.

Beijing hit back at Trump's "capricious" accusations in a statement posted on the foreign ministry website on Saturday.

"We are seriously concerned and have made solemn representations, (diplomatic protest) to the U.S. side", Lu said.

"All parties concerned should. show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being capricious and put the blame on others", he said. "I'm much more skeptical this time because. this time he (Kim Jong Un) is in a much stronger position", he said.

Trump hailed the summit in Singapore as a success and even went as far as to declare the nuclear threat from North Korea over, but Pyongyang has given no indication it is willing abandon its arsenal unilaterally.


North Korea had carried out a sixth nuclear bomb test in September and boasted of its ability to launch a missile at the United States.

Trump's decision to call off Pompeo's trip is clearly a frustrating development for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who continues to push for inter-Korean engagement.

However, it is unclear what exercises North Korea was referring to.

"The challenge is that by essentially claiming to have achieved that goal in Singapore, President Trump has made it hard for his administration to accept something less. -China trade issues with North Korea denuke". "At the same time, he wants China's help".

Shim said he was able to meet with his younger brother living in North Korea in the Chinese border town of Yanji in 1994 after a Chinese helper disguised himself as his brother's uncle and invited him to visit. "But if the North Koreans don't move the ball forward, Bolton will argue to Trump, 'You don't have to admit you were wrong, but we need to start escalating against them to force them to keep their commitments'".

The president stated that Pompeo's visit would be rescheduled in the future. Moon could play a role in facilitating negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

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.

"If Xi can produce a meaningful agreement with Kim Jong Un on his September visit to Pyongyang, China will get a boost in the diplomacy game by taking on the role the U.S. failed to play, " Cheong said.

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