Trump orders Mike Pompeo to delay North Korea trip, blasts China

BREAKING Trump Tells Mike Pompeo to Cancel His Trip to North Korea

President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of a planned trip to North Korea by secretary of state Mike Pompeo, citing a lack of "progress" in stalled denuclearization talks.

Also last month, The Washington Post reported that satellite images appeared to indicate North Korea's possible construction of ICBMs at the same facility the country produced its first long-range missiles, including the Hwasong-15, which may have the capability of hitting the U.S. East Coast.

Trump tweeted that he does not believe China is helping with the effort to rein in North Korea because of stepped-up pressure by the United States on trade with China. "I look forward to seeing him soon!" he added. North Korea has made no public steps towards dismantling its nuclear weapons program, with some analysts saying Kim's regime has no intention to do so.

Trump's comment followed a report issued on Monday by the International Atomic Energy Agency outlining "grave concern" about the North's nuclear programme.

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Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un engaged in a historic summit in June in Singapore, where the dictator promised to work toward "complete denuclearization". There were no plans for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo had said that Biegun was to travel with him to Pyongyang next week.

Trump's statement came just a day after Pompeo said he would again visit North Korea and would take his new USA special representative, Stephen Biegun, with him in an attempt to break the stalemate. The joint statement released after the event, however, was vague at best and provided no clear pathway for Kim to do so. "President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem", he added. 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 until the its nuclear programme is fully and verifiably dismantled. -North Korea negotiations, two officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Some of the blame rested with China, he said, "because of our much tougher Trading stance". "There's been no rocket launches", he added.

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