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Pompeo holds out hope for meeting with N. Korea

Diplomacy 04:43 November 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he is "very hopeful" for a new meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the denuclearization of the regime.

Pompeo was scheduled to meet with Kim Yong-chol, a close aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in New York Nov. 8, but the plan was abruptly postponed over what the U.S. called a scheduling conflict.

"I don't have anything to add on the sequence of events in North Korea. But I'm very hopeful we will have senior-level meetings before too long," the top U.S. diplomat told reporters after a Senate hearing on U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Earlier, some news outlets reported that the U.S. had offered to reschedule the meeting for Wednesday at the latest, before Pompeo accompanies U.S. President Donald Trump to a Group of 20 summit in Argentina this weekend.

That offer apparently failed to materialize.

hague@yna.co.kr
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