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N.Korea snubs US, skips meeting

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North Korean officials did not show up to a planned meeting with US officials at the (DMZ), where they were expected to continue discussions on repatriating the remains of Americans killed during the

State Department said on Thursday that the North Koreans postponed the meeting the day it was supposed to take place, reports

Citing a senior North Korean official, Nauert said: "agreed in his dialogue with (of State Mike) Pompeo to have his team meet with an American team on or about July 12 to move forward with the repatriation of American service members' remains.

"Mid-day, on July the 12th, they contacted us and offered to meet on Sunday July 15," Nauert said in a statement, adding "We'll be ready".

Pompeo ignored a question about the apparent snub when asked by reporters traveling with him in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday.

The development is likely to fuel growing scepticism over North Korea's commitment to a complete denuclearization of the as promised during last month's meeting between and in

Trump has touted the return of remains as one of the successes of his historic June 12 summit with Kim.

It was reported last month that the is expecting North to return up to 200 sets of remains and that planning for the exchange has been underway, reports

About 100 wooden transport cases were sent to the DMZ in recent weeks to prepare for receiving US troop remains.



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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 09:34 IST