Resumed denuclearization talks are scheduled in NY this week between Secretary of State Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong-chol.
South Korean Ambassador Woo Yoon-keun told reporters that Russian Federation and North Korea do not appear to have reached an agreement on Kim's visit yet but the most likely time seems to be this month in consideration of several circumstances.
In Washington last week, South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said a decision would be made together with the U.S.by December on major joint military exercises for next year.
North Korea is making arrangements to send a senior Foreign Ministry official in charge of negotiations with the United States to NY this week, a source close to the matter said Monday.
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In recent weeks, North Korea has pressed harder for what it sees as reciprocal concessions by the United States and other countries.
"North Korean leader intends to prove that the DPRK will decide independently with whom his country to be friends and what worldwide document was signed, noted, in particular, he said". "The US thinks that its oft-repeated "sanctions and pressure" lead to 'denuclearisation.' We can not help laughing at such a foolish idea".
Pompeo, interviewed on television's "Fox News Sunday", said the Trump administration wants a full, verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Working-level South Korean and USA diplomats are also expected to meet. There have been no nuclear tests.
"The improvement of relations and sanctions are incompatible", said the statement, released under the name of the director of the foreign ministry's Institute for American Studies.
But South Korea's enthusiasm for engagement with its rival has also created discomfort in the United States amid growing concerns that the North is dragging its feet with its promise to denuclearize. "But North Korea seems to be weighing the time and place while looking into the agenda and possible agreements with Russia", Woo was cited as saying by Yonhap news agency. Over the weekend, Kim hosted President Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba - another country under United States sanctions - during a lavish visit in Pyongyang, where the two leaders vowed to boost their cooperation.