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N. Korea delayed New York talks with U.S.: S. Korean minister

2018/11/08 12:21

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SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea called for the postponement of high-level talks with the United States in New York, Seoul's top diplomat said Thursday.

Speaking at a National Assembly session, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha cited consultations with Washington on the issue.

U.S. secretary of State Mike Pompeo had planned to meet with Kim Yong-chol, a close aide to the North's leader Kim Jong-un, in the U.S. city on Thursday (local time).

But Pompeo's department announced Wednesday that the meeting will take place at a later date.

It ascribed the decision to a scheduling problem.

Asked about the matter by a lawmaker, Kang said, "The U.S. explained to us that it received a notification from the North Korean side to put off (the talks)."