US abruptly postpones top-level North Korea talks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington

In setback, Pompeo's North Korea meetings called off without explanation

The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol, the head of Pyeongyang's intelligence agency, will meet in NY on Thursday to discuss denuclearization and the implementation of the June 12th summit declaration.

North Korea is also seeking a peace treaty with the United States and South Korea that will formally end the 1950-53 Korean War that split the communist North from the democratic South.

"Because over time, this negotiation will take a form where we're going to have to start making some changes to the military posture on the peninsula".

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

Tourism is considered one of the rare sources of foreign currency earnings for North Korea, which has been put under global economic sanctions.

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"If Democrats take issue with a range of issues, the Trump administration could be distracted and lose its energy and time to efficiently focus on dealing with the North Korea issue".

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In their talks, Kim repeatedly cited Vietnam's successes, South Korean media reported.

Trump also said he'll meet with Kim "sometime early next year".

The State Department said the meeting would take place at an unspecified later date, "when our respective schedules permit". Pyongyang, however, insists that as long as the sanctions remain completely in place it will not negotiate with the United States.

Meanwhile, a satellite imagery analysis published by the website 38 North suggested that North Korea is continuing uranium mining and milling operations at one of the country's largest declared uranium ore concentrate facilities.

Instead of following through on that, in recent days North Korea has been criticizing the US over its sanctions, threatening last Friday to bring back its "byongjin" policy - advancing its nuclear arsenal and economic development at the same time.

And, in particular, an easing of worldwide sanctions, with the support more or less explicit of Russian Federation and China, as well as to South Korea, an ally of the United States, but the president Moon Jae-in is determined to turn the page of tension.

Though some experts speculate the threat to build up nuclear forces could have been posturing by Pyongyang to gain leverage for the now-postponed talks, a source with knowledge of North Korea's position on denuclearization confirmed to CNN the Kim regime could change its stance on its nuclear program, if the United States does not alter its policy on easing economic sanctions.

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