Talks between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korea’s Kim Yong Chol, previously announced to be held this week, have been postponed indefinitely. There are conflicting reports as to why.
South Korean FM Kang Kyung-hwa confirmed the postponement, saying that a “tight schedule” made it impossible for the two to get together. US Ambassador Nikki Haley, on the other hand, said it was all the North Koreans’ fault, and that they “weren’t ready” for talks.
The lack of specificity about what happened has raised speculation among analysts that this reflects a growing divide between the two sides. Diplomacy has been stumbling between the US and North Korea, and there are substantial topics of disagreement that are threatening the process.
In addition to usual talks, this week’s meeting was meant to include discussions on setting up another Trump-Kim summit. Those two made a lot of progress in their last meeting, and have agreed on the idea of meeting again, without having ironed out the specifics.