New setback in the negotiations winding on the denuclearization of North Korea: the head of the american diplomacy Mike Pompeo has postponed at the last minute, and without the advance of reason, a meeting scheduled for Thursday with the right arm of Kim Jong One.
At the State Department on Wednesday, deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said the postponement "is purely a scheduling issue".
"Secretary Pompeo will travel to New York City with Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun to meet with DPRK Vice Chairman of the Central Committee Kim Yong Chol on November 8", the statement said.
"We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit", she said.
"Ongoing conversations continue to take place", Nauert said in the statement, which came amid US midterm elections.
Its leader, Kim Jong Un, has spoken of his hopes for reform of North Korea's economy and has looked to examples in the region.
But it comes amid renewed doubts about the Trump administration's efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal in exchange for security guarantees and sanctions relief.
The New York meeting comes with the two sides at loggerheads almost five months after the summit, in which Trump and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. He said he wasn't anxious and that sanctions against North Korea remain in full effect.
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.
Pompeo said in an interview with CBS Sunday that he expects to make "some real progress" when he meets with his counterpart, including on the potential summit, "where we can make substantial steps towards denuclearization". South Korea's foreign ministry said it was not aware of Ri's visit.
Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said a high-level meeting between the USA and North Korea immediately after the US midterm elections was never realistic, especially when the North was in no mood to make any concrete concessions.
Kim Yong-chol had been booked for a flight from Beijing to NY on Wednesday.
North Korea's foreign minister told the United Nations in September that continued sanctions were deepening its mistrust of the United States and there was no way the country would give up its nuclear weapons unilaterally under such circumstances. -North Korea dialogue, sought to play down the talks delay.