Ship-to-ship transfers a big loophole in N Korea sanctions: Kono

China slams 'irresponsible' Trump for North Korea claim

North Korea's state newspaper accused the U.S. of "hatching a criminal plot to unleash a war against the DPRK" while "having a dialogue with a smile on its face" Sunday following a report on South Korean radio that American forces in Japan were running drills aimed at invading Pyongyang.

Payton also said she wasn't surprised by Trump's decision to call off Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo:' Ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar "abhorrent" State-controlled newspaper accuses U.S. of "hatching a criminal plot' against North Korea Pompeo no-go: Too early to pull the plug with North Korea MORE's planned visit to the rogue state, which was scheduled for next week.

Song Young-moo made the remarks amid concerns that, should the two Koreas agree to remove the same number of guard posts, Seoul would be put at a disadvantage given that the North has about 160 guard posts in the DMZ, double the number of those run by the South.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa has talked with Pompeo over Trump's decision to delay Pompeo's planned visit to North Korea because of what he saw as insufficient progress on denuclearization.

China's foreign ministry issued a statement denying that China was not working with North Korea toward denuclearization as was promised to President Trump.

It was back in July that Trump first suggested Beijing may be using its pull with North Korea to undermine US diplomatic efforts out of revenge for Washington's tariffs. Kang asked Pompeo to keep the momentum of dialogue with North Korea to establish denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula, according to the Foreign Ministry's news release.

Trump said on Friday that Pompeo would still head to North Korea "in the near future", saying this was likely to occur when the US-China trading relationship is "resolved".

Moon and Kim are set to meet again next month in Pyongyang, which will mark their third bilateral summit since Moon took office in May 2017.

In an attempt to showcase their supposed technological prowess, North Korea will be holding a blockchain and cryptocurrency conference later this year.

"Additionally, because of our much tougher Trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were (despite the UN Sanctions which are in place)", Trump said.

North Korea's state-controlled newspaper has accused the US of "double-dealing" and plotting against Pyongyang "with a smile on its face", Reuters reported.

South Korea expects China to continue serving a "constructive role" in efforts to solve the nuclear crisis, it said, adding that Beijing continues to express commitment to implementing sanctions.

Trump has recently said that "sufficient progress" is not being made towards the denuclearisation of North Korea.

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake".

The U.S. military spokesman in South Korea was not immediately available to comment.

However, some analysts suggested Trump's move may also be a negotiating ploy.

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