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Trump cancels Pompeo's North Korea visit: 'We are not making sufficient progress'

Trump cancels Pompeo's North Korea visit: 'We are not making sufficient progress'

President Trump announced Friday that he instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, citing a lack of progress towards denuclearization.

The president blamed the ongoing trade war with China for being at least partially responsible for the stalemate with North Korea. He no longer believes China is “helping with the progress of denuclearization as they once were.”

He said that Mr. Pompeo will return to North Korea “in the near future” once the trade dispute with China is settled.

Despite calling off the visit, Mr. Trump emphasized his relationship with the North Korea leader.

“I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim,” the president tweeted, “I look forward to seeing him soon!”

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Published at Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:43:20 +0000