Pompeo to meet N.Korea number two on Thursday

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

Trump's remarks came hours after the State Department announced a postponement of Thursday's meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a senior adviser to the North Korean leader.

The talks between President Donald Trump's top diplomat and the North Korean delegation, which had been due on Thursday, "will now take place at a later date", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Nauert said the meeting would be held when "our respective schedules permit", and that the administration remained focused on fulfilling Kim's pledge at his June summit with Trump to "denuclearize".

On Friday, an official with North Korea's Foreign Ministry threatened that if USA does not ease sanctions, that Pyongyang could restart "building up nuclear forces".

Pompeo said earlier that he plans to discuss with his counterpart the North Korean leader's promise to allow global inspectors into the nuclear testing site in Punggye-ri and the missile engine testing site in Dongchang-ri to verify their dismantlement.

"I'd love to take the sanctions off, but they have to be responsive too - it's a two-way street", Trump said.

The two sides are also expected to continue planning for a second summit between Trump and Kim early next year.

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

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But Pompeo abruptly postponed the talks in NY.

Pompeo has traveled four times this year to North Korea, for decades a USA pariah, in hopes of securing an accord. "We're in no rush", he said at a press conference.

Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae-in three times this year.

DPRK stands for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Pompeo was reportedly incensed in September at a military agreement between the two Korea's, with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha saying Pompeo called her twice in one day to express his displeasure because he felt he had not been adequately briefed.

Trump repeated that he considered his outreach to Kim to be a major success, pointing out that North Korea has not tested further missiles since the diplomacy opened.

A senior South Korean Foreign Ministry official familiar with the talks said Wednesday, "Our government had been looking forward to the North-U.S. high-level talks to bring about actual measures for the denuclearization and establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, hence we think it is regrettable that they are not taking place". -China diplomatic and security dialogue in Washington on Friday.

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