Published: Mon, August 27, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

China: Trump is 'irresponsible' for cancelling North Korea visit

China: Trump is 'irresponsible' for cancelling North Korea visit

This comes at a time when a report compiled by Korea Development Bank, a state-run financial institution in South Korea, has claimed that evidence had emerged of a small-scale cryptocurrency mining operation being run by the North Korean regime past year between May and July.

Payton also said she wasn't surprised by Trump's decision to call off Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo:' Ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar "abhorrent" State-controlled newspaper accuses USA of "hatching a criminal plot' against North Korea Pompeo no-go: Too early to pull the plug with North Korea MORE's planned visit to the rogue state, which was scheduled for next week.

'While we consider the delay of the visit to North Korea as unfortunate, we believe it's most important for the North Korea-U.S. dialogue, including Secretary Pompeo's visits to North Korea, to contribute to substantial progress in complete denuclearization and the establishment of a permanent peace regime in the Korean Peninsula, ' South Korea's Foreign Ministry said.

A total of 326 South Koreans from 81 families arrived at a hotel near Mount Kumgang, on the southeastern coast of North Korea, where almost 100 of their long-separated family members awaited them, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

President Trump called off Pompeo's visit Friday, just days before the secretary was due to arrive in Pyongyang, citing insufficient progress in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The United States is pressing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, calling for stringent implementation of tough U.S. and U.N. sanctions.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa spoke with Pompeo over the phone and agreed that the allies should work to keep the atmosphere of dialogue alive, it said.

Tokyo is also pushing hard to resolve the sensitive issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea.

Trump said on Friday that "because of our much tougher trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearisation as they once were", despite United Nations sanctions against the nuclear-armed regime.

Experts have said that China continues to broadly enact UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea but has eased up on enforcement at the border in recent months.

But there have been ups and downs in the Trump-North Korea relationship since then. He's well aware of past failures by previous administrations and I certainly don't consider him to be naive about potential success with the insane little North Korean dictator in power.

Reuters also reached out to the US military spokesman in South Korea, but he was not immediately available to comment.

"We were considering the opening of the liaison office as part of a smooth series of events including Pompeo's visit to the North and the inter-Korean summit, but there is a need to review it since a new situation has arisen", he added. Moon could play a role in facilitating negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

"If I were President Trump, I would not let China use North Korea to back me off of the trade dispute".

"If Xi can produce a meaningful agreement with Kim Jong Un on his September visit to Pyongyang, China will get a boost in the diplomacy game by taking on the role the USA failed to play, " Cheong said.

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