WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said Friday that he has been arrested Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is about to stop traveling to Denuclearization.
Trump put some blame on Beijing, saying he does not
The surprise announcement has appeared to be a concession by the president to domestic and international worries that his prior claims of world-aging progress on the peninsula had been strikingly premature.
"Secretary of state Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making enough progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Trump tweeted Friday, barely two months Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
Trump's comment follows a report issued Monday by the International Atomic Energy Agency outlining "grave co about the North's nuclear program. It came a day after Pompeo appointed Stephen Biegun, a senior executive with the Ford Motor Co., to attend his special envoy for North Korea and said he and Biegun would visit next week.
The State Department never confirmed details of the trip Pompeo's trip or what had changed
A senior White House Official said Trump made the decision to cancel the visit Friday morning during a meeting with Pompeo, Biegun, chief staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton, who joined by phone. Intelligence and defense officials were not in the meeting, the official said, seeming to indicate that the breakdown was diplomatic in nature.
The State Department had no immediate comments on the White House.
Trump laid unspecified blame on China, North Korea's leading trade partner, Kim's Government.
Trump tweeted that "Pompeo looks forward to going to North."
Trump tweeted that "Pompeo looks forward to going to North." Korea in the near future, most likely after our relationship with China is resolved. "He added:" In the meantime I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim.
Trump made history meeting Kim earlier this year. Kim in agreement to nuclear concessions.
"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea," Trump declared on Twitter after the meeting .
"Before taking office people were assuming that they were going to war with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem, "he added. "No longer ̵
Pyongyang with any resembling progress on the denuclearization front.
Although it has halted nuclear and missile testing and taken some unrelated steps – dismantling portions of a missile engine facility in the course of the Korean War – its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile development remains intact, according to the UN's atomic watchdog and intelligence agencies.
In addition, recent statements from North Korean officials have ruled out any new concessions until it is a reciprocal gesture from the US beyond suspending military exercises with South Korea. North Korea has been demanding that the U.S. ease or lift crippling sanctions – something Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have flatly ruled out the nuclear program is fully and verifiably dismantled.
Other than sanctions relief, the North, has been seeking a declaration of the end of the Korean War. The conflict stopped with the signing of an armistice rather than a peace treaty, meaning the war was not technically over. Kim Jong Un domestic. He said he was in a hurry to open the door cover to proceed with denuclearization moves.
Pompeo and other administration officials have come to terms with their findings.
At the same time, lawmakers from both parties, including GOP hawks who generally support Trump, have expressed concerns about it a move, it could be used by the North to demand the removal of US troops from South Korea and potentially Japan without anything in return.
Trump had kept up the positive tone as recently as Tuesday at a rally campaign in West Virginia. There Trump maintained "we're doing well with North Korea."
"There's been no missile launches. There's been no rocket launches, "he added.
At the same rally, Trump seems to have taken a different tone on China, saying he had some criticism of China because" I wanted to talk to them have. "