Pompeo Asked by Trump to Delay Visit to North Korea

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USA intelligence and defense officials have repeatedly expressed doubts about North Korea's willingness to give up its nuclear weapons and did not expect Pompeo's trip to yield positive results.

-North Korea denuclearization talks is prompting South Korea's leader to re-evaluate the pace of his engagement with the North.

The newspaper said the US was holding war drills with Japan that planned "the infiltration into Pyongyang", the North Korean capital.

Rodong Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the Workers' Party of Korea, cited alleged US troop movements in the region which it called "extremely provocative and dangerous" and said they threatened to derail the dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN that Pompeo was in the room Friday afternoon when Trump tweeted he was cancelling Pompeo's trip because Trump felt "we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

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After the meeting in Singapore between the two leaders, Trump even said that there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.

The ministry said South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-hwa spoke with Mr Pompeo over the phone and they pledged joint efforts to keep the momentum of dialogue alive.

Negotiations have been all but deadlocked since U.S. President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June.

The State Department never confirmed details of the trip, but it had been expected that Pompeo would be in Pyongyang for at least several hours Monday, according to several diplomatic sources familiar with the plan. China is North Korea's biggest trade partner, and is widely believed to hold the greatest sway over Pyongyang.

Trump has hinted that he was preparing for a second summit with Kim and many have speculated the two men could meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week.

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Shin Beom-chul, senior fellow at Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, said such sanctions busting, together with South Korea's push to expand ties with the North, could exacerbate friction with the United States on how to handle North Korea.

In February this year, CCN reported that South Korean intelligence officials had told the country's parliament that North Korean state-sponsored hackers had stolen billions of won in cryptocurrency last year by hacking exchanges.

North Korea's state-controlled newspaper on Sunday accused the United States of "double-dealing" and "hatching a criminal plot" against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly canceled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Stephen Biegun, 55, who is retiring as Ford's vice president for global governmental affairs, had been considered for the post of Trump's national security advisor before it went to John Bolton. North Korea has been fearing a United States sneak attack for decades, and views any diplomatic struggles as a possible prelude to such a strike.

It's not yet clear which drills the North was referring to. China put in place retaliatory measures after the us imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products in July.

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