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United States abruptly postpones high-level talks with North Korea

United States abruptly postpones high-level talks with North Korea

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

Washington added that Stephen Biegun, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, is also taking part in the talks.

USA and foreign sources close to the talks paint a picture that's starkly different from the image President Donald Trump sought to convey Wednesday, when he told reporters the administration is "very happy with how it's going with North Korea".

The US offered to hold working-level talks to follow up on the commitment made by Trump and Kim, but North Korea has not responded to the call.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned meeting with his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong-chol, which was due to take place in NY on Thursday, has been postponed, the State Department said Tuesday.

"We're very happy with how it's going with North Korea".

"I would love to take the sanctions off, but they have to be responsive, too", Trump said.

"But I will say this, I will say this very simply - We are in no rush, the sanctions are on", he said.

Pyongyang has complained that Washington has not made concessions in return for the moves it has taken and last Friday warned it could resume development of its nuclear program if the United States did not drop its sanctions campaign.

Despite warm words from President Trump since meeting Kim in Singapore, his administration has insisted on maintaining pressure on Pyongyang until a final agreement is reached.

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The first summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders took place in Singapore in June.

Trump has cast his diplomacy with the elusive thirtysomething leader as evidence of his masterful deal-making.

Nauert did not offer an explanation as to why the talks were being postponed.

"We made more progress in that four or five months (since the summit) than they have made in 70 years", he said, referring to previous United States leaders. Instead of following through on that, in recent days North Korea has been criticizing the USA over its sanctions, threatening last Friday to bring back its "byongjin" policy - advancing its nuclear arsenal and economic development at the same time.

North Korea has long sought U.S. recognition as a nuclear state and guarantees for the survival of the generational Kim regime, which human rights groups consider one of the most repressive in the world.

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

Meanwhile, Kim Song-hye at the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland and Ri Jong-hyok, the deputy head of the rubberstamp Supreme People's Assembly, will visit South Korea next week for a seminar in Gyeonggi Province discussing peace in the region, according to the Unification Ministry.

North Korea - considered by human rights groups to be one of the most oppressive regimes in the world - has for years sought formal USA recognition as a way to guarantee the regime's survival.

Another expert said that North Korea might have not been ready.