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Pompeo says he will meet N.Korea number two in New York

AFP  |  Washington 

US said Sunday he will meet this week in with North Korea's number two, Kim Yong Chol, to resume denuclearization talks.

Announcing the meeting on Sunday, Pompeo said it would be "a good opportunity to continue the denuclearization discussions" underway since US Donald Trump's historic summit in June with North Korean leader Un.

Pompeo's announcement follows a North Korean foreign ministry statement that the North will "seriously" consider reviving its nuclear weapons program unless US sanctions are lifted.

But Pompeo dismissed the warning, saying, "I'm not worried about that."

"We are very focused. We know with whom we are negotiating, we know what their positions (are) and Trump has made his position very clear," Pompeo said.

He added there would be "no economic relief until we have achieved our ultimate objective."

At their summit in in June, Trump and Kim signed a vaguely worded statement on denuclearization.

But little progress has been made since then, with pushing to maintain sanctions against the North until its "final, fully verified denuclearization," and condemning US demands as "gangster-like."

"The improvement of relations and sanctions are incompatible," said the statement, released under the name of the director of the foreign ministry's

"What remains to be done is the US corresponding reply," it added.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 21:40 IST