Politics

Trump to Pompeo: Delay New North Korea Talks

President criticizes China, sends a shoutout to ‘Chairman Kim’

South Koreans watch reporting on President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay a new round of talks with North Korean officials about that country’s nuclear program, saying too little progress has been made.

What’s more, the president criticized China for not being helpful enough in dealing with Pyongyang — and he sent a shoutout to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The commander in chief used three tweets to announce the planned talks are off “because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

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He also charged Beijing with doing too little to move the disarmament talks forward, claiming his moves — such as tariffs — have soured the Chinese government on helping pressure and otherwise deal with the Kim government.

“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 wrote, referring to Chinese leaders.

Trump appeared eager to both keep any optimism alive of an eventual deal with Kim and what he has described as his warm relationship with the young North Korean dictator.

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He expects Pompeo will travel to North Korea “in the near future, most likely after our Trading relationship with China is resolved.”

Trump, during an interview that aired Thursday morning, lauded the “chemistry” he felt with Kim during a one-on-one June summit in Singapore. He said recently he expects a second face-to-face with Kim.

On Friday, Trump tweeted his regards to Chairman Kim, adding about the man he once dubbed as mentally unstable and referred to derisively as “Little Rocket Man”: “I look forward to seeing him soon!”

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