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Trump hopes to meet N.Korea leader next year but counsels patience

08 November 2018

To that end, the US and South Korea announced last week the creation of a new working group to "strengthen our close coordination", including on "sanctions implementation and inter-Korean cooperation that comply with the United Nations sanctions", according to State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

"We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit", she added in a statement.

The exact reason for the postponement was unclear.

Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said, "We need to focus on the words "four pillars" in the U.S. State Department statement".

Cheong Wa Dae declined to comment on Dunford's remarks, but the presidential office reiterated Kim Jong-un's pledge, made during meetings with Moon and his top aides this year, that the North would not demand the withdrawal of USFK troops.

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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.

The development comes amid strained ties between South Korea and the USA over how to negotiate denuclearisation with North Korea.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the "in no rush" after talks between his top diplomat and a senior North Korean envoy were postponed, throwing stalled diplomacy over the North's nuclear weapons into further uncertainty.

"We will make it another day". But we're not in any rush at all.

North Korea has demanded that the United States end its tough sanctions now that it is negotiating with Trump on a deal to end its nuclear program.

"And nobody else could have done what I have done", he said.

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Remarks about the Korean Peninsula by a top USA military officer have sparked debate over the future of the 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea.

The South Korean government was notified of the postponement and looks forward to seeing the meeting take place in the near future, the Foreign Ministry said.

Trump spoke after his Republican Party lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday after the Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with his presidency in mid-term elections.

"If denuclearization talks reach a final phase and North Korea begins to give up its nuclear weapons, they (North Korea) would want to bring up the issue of USFK and change its characteristics in accordance with a new security environment".

Democrats have said they are determined to obtain more information about meetings between Trump and Pompeo and Kim, anxious that Trump is so eager to make a "great deal" that he will give Kim too much with little in return.

High on the agenda were expected to be a verification by United States inspectors of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, which it dismantled in May, and its Tongchang-ri missile engine test site, and possibly its key Yongbyon nuclear complex as well.

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Trump hopes to meet N.Korea leader next year but counsels patience