Pompeo To Hold Nuclear Talks With Korea's Official

Pompeo dismisses N. Korean nuke threats as ‘stray voltage’ ahead of meeting with Kim’s No. 2

Conservative opposition lawmakers snubbed South Korean President Moon Jae-in's invitation to accompany him to Pyongyang in late September for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Further, the suspension of key, large-scale military drills between US and South Korean forces by the Trump White House - ostensibly as a goodwill gesture toward North Korea who view the drills as a direct challenge to Pyongyang's sovereignty - have sent a chilling message to Seoul and other USA allies in the Pacific over Washington's resolve to confront national security challenges in the region. Decisions over major military exercises for next year are expected to be made by the end of the year.

On Friday North Korea warned that it could resume development of its nuclear programme if the United States did not drop its campaign of "maximum pressure" and sanctions.

Pompeo was set to meet Kim Yong-chol, an adviser to Kim Jong-un, this week in NY. Though this is meant to be understood as nuclear disarmament, some in North Korea have been increasingly vocal in fearing that the United States will never deliver on anything once they've already gotten what they want.

The two nations, however, have been at odds over ways to reach that goal, as North Korea has yet to take credible action to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

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External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Pompeo had discussed the issue of oil imports from Iran . He assured any company that violated the embargo would face "swift and severe" penalties.

"The U.S. thinks that its oft-repeated "sanctions and pressure" leads to 'denuclearization.' We can not help laughing at such a foolish idea", it said.

In an interview with Fox News on Friday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated that sanctions will remain until Pyongyang carries out denuclearisation commitments made in Singapore.

But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has since said that the USA has "no plans" to hold back on future drills. There have been no nuclear test.

"With Kim's visit to South Korea also planned this year, North Korea appears to be dwelling long on the time of his Russian trip", Woo said. Over the weekend, Kim hosted President Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba - another country under USA sanctions - during a lavish visit in Pyongyang, where the two leaders vowed to boost their cooperation.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's continuing efforts to engage with North Korea have fanned United States concerns that Seoul could weaken pressure on North Korea to give up nuclear weapons.

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