Pompeo visit scrapped after belligerent letter from North Korea

Pompeo received it Friday and showed it to President Donald Trump. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 28 August 2018

Pompeo visit scrapped after belligerent letter from North Korea

  • The precise contents of the letter, which came from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling party, were not known
  • Trump tweeted that he had not seen sufficient progress toward Pyongyang denuclearizing

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea last weekend was canceled after he received what US officials deemed to be a belligerent letter from Pyongyang, The Washington Post reported.
The precise contents of the letter, which came from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling party, were not known, the Post said.
Pompeo received it Friday and showed it to President Donald Trump. They concluded it was belligerent enough to call off the visit, the Post said late Monday, quoting two administration officials.
In pulling the plug on the visit, Trump tweeted that he had not seen sufficient progress toward Pyongyang denuclearizing.
Trump acted amid independent reports that North Korea has done little or nothing to roll back its nuclear program, despite promises made at a historic summit in June with Kim Jong Un.
Trump also blasted China for not doing enough to help push denuclearization, but left open the possibility of a Pompeo trip to Pyongyang when the US-China trading relationship is “resolved.”


Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

Updated 58 min 1 sec ago

Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

  • President vowed to "destroy" the Turkish economy
  • Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday said that in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria he will soon issue an executive order authorizing sanctions against current and former Turkish officials, stop negotiations with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal, and boost tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent.

In a statement in which he vowed to swiftly destroy the Turkish economy if it continues down "this dangerous and destructive path," Trump also said that U.S. troops coming out of Syria will redeploy and remain in the region to monitor the situation.

Before the invasion, Trump ordered a couple dozen US troops out of harm's way.

Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds, who had helped the US battle against Daesh militants.

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