In an interesting turn of events, President Trump has called off Mike Pompeo, the Secretary Of State’s visit to North Korea all of a sudden. He cited lack of clarity in the process of Denuclearization from North Korea’s side as a primary reason for cancellation. He tweeted, “I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time.”
He also named China as a reason of the cancelled meeting mentioning that it is not helping the same way as they once were in this process of Denuclearization. A stricter trading stance with increased import rates may have been the chief aggravator here for Chinese behaving unlike as they were in this case.
Mr. Pompeo, on what would have been his fourth trip, was supposed to reach Pyongyang next week with a newly appointed envoy, Stephen Biegun. Pompeo was supposed to discuss further the matters already discussed in Singapore earlier this year.
And to make it more confusing, Trump telegraphed a message to Kim Jong-un about his interest in talks being still alive, stating, “I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!”
It has been a period of struggle for the U.S. Negotiators for the last few weeks as North Korea has reportedly increased the production of enriched uranium in the last few months and they have reportedly started working on another ballistic missile. Further, they have described US demands of Denuclearization as being a “gangster-like demands” which has given a hint of their reluctance.
This is not the first time that Trump has canceled a meeting with North Korea. He also canceled a meeting in May this year, which was supposed to be a high-level meeting which he described as a “tremendous setback.”
We don’t know if a meeting will again be organized by these parties or not, but it’s high time that Trump does something to stop the Korean War and reduces the constant threat that the world is, suffering from due to differences between these two countries.