Officials say progress has stalled because the USA wants North Korea to take concrete steps before making any concessions, while Pyongyang wants Washington to reciprocate as it moves toward denuclearization. Pompeo, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha expressed regret that the trip had been canceled.
U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets on China concerning the denuclearization of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are ill-grounded and is merely "passing the buck", analysts said.
Beijing hit back at Trump's "capricious" accusations in a statement posted on the foreign ministry website.
Explaining that Washington and its allies will be focused on achieving the North's denuclearization, . the State Department said it has nothing to add on Pompeo's cancelled visit to Pyongyang as of now.
In tweets, Trump argued that because of his "tougher trading stance, " the Chinese were not "helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were".
It appealed to both sides to "show more sincerity and flexibility" instead of "being capricious and overly prejudiced".
In South Korea earlier this month, President Moon Jae-in outlined plans for broad economic cooperation with the North, including joint economic zones on the border and a rail network.
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The event is scheduled to conclude with a meet-and-greet with the business leaders of North Korea. "I'm much more skeptical this time because. this time he (Kim Jong Un) is in a much stronger position", he said.
But Pyongyang has since criticized Washington for its "gangster-like" demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament and the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency recently reported there were no indications that North Korea has stopped nuclear activities. North Korea has been demanding that the US ease or lift crippling sanctions - something Pompeo and Bolton have flatly ruled out until North Korea's nuclear program is fully and verifiably dismantled.
Whatever was in the letter was enough to convince Trump to reverse course entirely on the talks, and to publicly fault North Korea for lack of progress. Trump may have been gulled into the pomp and circumstance of a meeting with the North Korean dictator in exchange for super-duper promises of denuclearization (translation: photo op), but ever since the meeting took place the dictatorship has been proudly uninterested in any follow-up.
"Continuing to "hate" America - long the major focus - would be out of step because President Moon has made clear that he is working together with the United States in his efforts".
Trump's move also followed two days of trade talks with Chinese officials in Washington that ended without progress, a fact the president alluded to in his decision about the Pyongyang trip.
The Post quoted two unnamed senior USA administration officials as saying the letter came on Friday from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, who led previous rounds of talks with Pompeo.