Trump hopes to meet N.Korea leader next year

In setback, Pompeo's North Korea meetings called off without explanation

Russian Federation has asked the United Nations Security Council to discuss North Korea sanctions on Thursday, diplomats said, a move that comes after a planned meeting between top US and North Korean officials in NY this week was postponed.

United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Tuesday abruptly postponed a meeting with a top North Korean official in NY scheduled for Thursday, in a setback to peace talks between the two countries, AFP reported.

The exact reason for the postponement was unclear.

Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Seoul did not believe it would mean that the second summit would not take place and a senior South Korean foreign ministry official said that while the rescheduling was regrettable, there was no need to "overthink the postponement".

The meeting, scheduled for this week in NY, she said, "will reconvene when our respective schedules permit".

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

Pompeo will meet with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee.

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Real Madrid's Keylor Navas during a training session ahead of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League Group Stage match against CSKA Moscow.

Kim Yong Chol is a general and former top intelligence chief.

While U.S. and South Korean officials had expressed hope the talks could make some progress - including laying the groundwork for a second Trump-Kim meeting - North Korea has in recent weeks stepped up calls for sanctions relief. He said he wasn't anxious and that sanctions against North Korea remain in full effect.

South Korea's foreign ministry said the meeting delay was "regrettable" but insisted that "excessively pessimistic interpretation was unnecessary". That has put him at odds at times with the Trump administration, including when requesting sanctions exemptions for joint economic projects with the North. North Korea is also seeking a peace treaty with the United States and South Korea that will formally end the 1950-53 Korean War that split the communist North from the democratic South.

Trump also said he'll meet with Kim "sometime early next year".

The North Korean statement warned North Korea could bring back Kim Jong Un's trademark "pyongjin" policy of simultaneously advancing its nuclear force and its economic development if the United States doesn't change its stance.

North Korea sees other countries raising the issue of human rights as a challenge to its sovereignty.

Last Friday, North Korea's Foreign Ministry criticized the USA for its continued support of sanctions and hinted it may resume nuclear development.

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