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Seoul may delay opening North Korea office

28 August 2018

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa and Pompeo spoke by telephone Saturday to discuss the canceled trip and where negotiations might go from here.

Officials also declined to say how the letter was transmitted, but North Korea has been increasingly communicating through its United Nations mission, known as the "New York Channel".

The North Korean establishment has accused the United States of "double-dealing" and "hatching a criminal plot" against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly cancelled a scheduled visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The proposed office comes under an agreement reached by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they first met in the border village of Panmunjom on April 27.

His most recent visit to Pyongyang in early July was seen as a failure that included a snub from Kim Jong Un, who reportedly visited a potato farm instead of meeting with the top US diplomat.

"If I were President Trump, I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute".

Trump told Reuters on Monday he believed Kim had taken specific steps toward denuclearization and that they would "most likely" meet again. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he believes that China is behind North Korea's latest shift in tone.

Japan's "isolation" amid the engagement with Pyongyang has been a central theme in North Korean state media, which has derided Japan as an "old phonograph record" spouting "gibberish" and repeatedly ridiculed Tokyo's "disgrace and shame" at being left on the sidelines of diplomatic efforts.

"The continuation and further development of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear program and related statements by the DPRK are a cause for grave concern", said a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), using the initials of North Korea's official name.

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

At the time North Korea issued a sour media statement about its talks with Pompeo on the heels of his two-day visit to Pyongyang.

"I wore the military uniform for 40 years, long enough to know that we should not look to reduce by an equal number of guard posts", Song, a retired admiral, said during a session of the National Assembly's defense committee.

Trump isn't expected to totally abandon the diplomacy he began in his June 12 Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un.

This sort of comment reflects considerable mistrust in North Korea, which grows substantially when the United States starts backing away from diplomatic channels.

Some analysts suggest Trump's move may be a negotiating ploy. On Friday, just hours before Pompeo was supposed to leave, President Trump tweeted that the trip was off. In May, Trump announced he was calling off his planned summit with Kim, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility", only to reverse himself eight days later.

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Seoul may delay opening North Korea office