Trump Asks Pompeo to Cancel North Korea Travel Plans


US President Donald Trump has asked his top diplomat to call off a trip to North Korea "at this time", citing insufficient progress on denuclearisation.

Donald Trump has ordered his secretary of state Mike Pompeo to cancel a planned visit to North Korea because the regime is not making "sufficient progress" over denuclearisation.

He continued in a second tweet: '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)'. China has implemented retaliatory measures after the USA imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products in July. In the meantime I would like to send my warmest regards to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!'

Trump's statement came just a day after Pompeo announced he would again visit North Korea and would take his new USA special representative, Stephen Biegun, with him in an attempt to break the deadlock. It would have been his fourth trip amid a deadlock in denuclearization talks over two months after Trump's Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un.

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In an interview with Reuters on Monday, Trump defended his approach, saying he believed North Korea had taken specific steps toward denuclearization.

Many observers and commentators warned the Trump was far too optimistic in hoping for an easy solution to the tensions with North Korea and that his haphazard diplomacy was bound to fail. "President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem", he added.

Trump has used the summit he held with Kim in Singapore as a measure of his success as president.

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Other than sanctions relief, the North, backed by South Korea, has been seeking a declaration of the end of the Korean War.

'There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea, ' Trump declared after the summit. "Trump has been expressing frustration privately".

Despite this, Trump had kept up the positive tone as recently as Tuesday at a campaign rally in West Virginia.

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