Talks between Pompeo and N. Korean official delayed: Yonhap

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington

Pompeo described the planned second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un as a chance of making a "substantial breakthrough" in the denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said in a statement around midnight Tuesday that "Pompeo's meeting with officials from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, scheduled for this week in NY, will now take place at a later date".

Washington says it takes North Korea's human rights abuses very seriously, but that now is the time to focus its efforts on getting North Korea denuclearized.

In a statement released at midnight, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo's meeting with North Korean officials "will now take place at a later date".

Biegun's presence had led to speculation that North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui would also travel to NY.

In mid-October, Pompeo evoked the possibility of a second summit, preceded by talks with Kim Yong-chol.

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.

North Korea is getting increasingly angry at the United States, as talks are deadlocked and tensions between the two countries are on the rise, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN.

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Though some experts speculate the threat to build up nuclear forces could have been posturing by Pyongyang to gain leverage for the now-postponed talks, a source with knowledge of North Korea's position on denuclearization confirmed to CNN the Kim regime could change its stance on its nuclear program, if the USA does not alter its policy on easing economic sanctions.

Pyongyang has been pushing for a formal declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War and replace the armistice that stopped the fighting but left the combatants still technically at war.

Pompeo's postponement of talks came amid emerging differences between Seoul and Washington, which stations 28,500 troops in the South to protect it from its nuclear-armed neighbor.

Woo Jung-yeop, a research fellow at the Sejong Institute, noted that the US House could call in US diplomats for hearings, investigate Trump's North Korea policies and demand more details about the Trump administration's negotiations with the North.

Trump told a White House news conference the change was "because of trips that are being made", but did not elaborate on these."We are going to make it. another day", he said.

The talks in NY were largely seen as paving the way for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, who met in Singapore in June. It was Kim Yong-chol's visit to NY at the end of May and visit to the White House in Washington that helped put the summit back on track.

But Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said that the postponement was a bad sign.

South Korea, which has worked to encourage U.S.

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