On 7 November, the US Department of State announced that the talks scheduled for 7–8 November between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Vice-President of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party (KWP) Central Committee Kim Yong-chol had been postponed.
This followed comments in state media on 2 November by the North Korean foreign ministry’s director-general of the North American affairs department stating, “The improvement of relations and sanctions are incompatible,” and threatening that North Korea “could” return to its nuclear missile programmes. In April, shortly before he met US President Donald Trump, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un announced state plans to focus exclusively on economic development given sufficient advancement in nuclear weapon capabilities.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at ihsmarkit.com/janes