As North Korea ponders economic reform, its top diplomat to visit Vietnam

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

But the State Department said in a short statement on Wednesday that the officials would meet later "when our respective schedules permit". "We're in no rush whatsoever" to conclude a denuclearization pact with Pyongyang, Trump said Wednesday, adding he would "love to take the sanctions off", but North Korea has to be responsive.

At that meeting, Kim, who is seeking relief from tough USA -led sanctions, committed to work toward denuclearization, but his steps since have fallen short of US demands for irreversible moves to abandon a weapons program that potentially threatens the United States.

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.

Trump's engagement with North Korea in recent months was apparently timed to the midterms, but he will no longer agree to major meetings if there are no realistic expectations of progress in nuclear diplomacy, Koh said.

Trump has cast North Korea as a crowning diplomatic achievement and is eager for a fresh summit with Kim at which the two may formally declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

China is prioritizing a trade zone bordering North Korea in possible preparation for increased commerce between the two countries, according to a South Korean press report.

This week's meeting was meant to "discuss making progress on all four pillars of the Singapore Summit joint statement", the State Department said in a statement earlier this week, including the eventual achievement of full denuclearization of the DPRK.

U.S. critics say that North Korea has yet to make any concrete concessions and it has rejected demands for what it described as its "unilateral disarmament".

But the growing divide between the US and South Korea also has many concerned, as liberal President Moon Jae-in pushes for closer Korean ties including demilitarizing the border and increasing economic cooperation.

But Pompeo abruptly postponed the talks in NY.

The latest NY meeting was set to come ahead of a busy season of diplomacy, with Pompeo meeting senior Chinese officials in Washington on Friday. The resolution also envisages restrictions on delivering industrial equipment, heavy equipment and transport to North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's spokesman Kim Eui-keum said the delay did not imply a collapse of the USA nuclear negotiations with North Korea or a loss of momentum.

North Korea's foreign ministry has warned that Pyongyang will "seriously" consider reviving its nuclear weapons program unless the sanctions are lifted.

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