Cancellation of US-N. Korean meeting shows China spillover

China Condemns 'Irresponsible' Trump Accusations Over N. Korea

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay a planned trip to North Korea, citing insufficient progress on denuclearization.

Beijing, Aug 25 China today lodged a diplomatic protest with the United States after President Donald Trump alleged that Beijing was not helping with the process of denuclearisation of North Korea, and said his accusations were "irresponsible" and he was "passing the buck".

Beijing hit back at Trump's "capricious" accusations in a statement posted on the foreign ministry website on Saturday.

Officials also declined to say how the letter was transmitted, but North Korea has been increasingly communicating through its United Nations mission, known as the "New York Channel".

Explaining that Washington and its allies will be focused on achieving the North's denuclearization, . the State Department said it has nothing to add on Pompeo's cancelled visit to Pyongyang as of now. North Korea promised a scholarship.

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"All related parties should stick to the path of political settlement ... and show more sincerity and flexibility rather than being unpredictable and passing the buck to others", Lu said.

The current diplomatic standoff is a far cry from June's historic summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The official newspaper of the ruling party in North Korea, Rodong Sinmun, said that U.S. was staging military drills that were trying to achieve "infiltration into Pyongyang". Privately, Trump and Kim Jong Un have been exchanging a series of letters, some couriered by Pompeo himself.

She was one of the more than 90,000 Koreans and their relatives in Japan who went to North Korea decades ago seeking what the country promised: "paradise on earth".

"I was really upset when the president made a decision to Kim Jong Un, shake his hand on the stage, have North Korean and American flags hung next to one another, I was honestly very, very upset by that - not talking human rights abuses at all, I mean how can you even do that", Payton told Hill.TV's Ned Ryun and Krystal Ball on "Rising".

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But Pyongyang has since criticized Washington for its "gangster-like" demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament and the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency recently reported there were no indications that North Korea has stopped nuclear activities.

"No significant dismantlement activity has taken place at either the engine test stand or the launch pad" of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station since August 3, according to 38 North, a monitoring website. The sanctions were created to exert painful economic pressure on Pyongyang and drive North Korea's Mr. Kim to enter into talks over the country's nuclear program.

In an effort to reassure Kim, the Trump administration canceled or delayed joint military drills with South Korea while it continued with smaller exercises.

Meanwhile, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in convened a meeting of his National Security Council Sunday to discuss the cancellation of Pompeo's trip.

With Trump having heavily committed to diplomacy in the past, some expected him to keep the process going in spite of stumbling blocks. Trump has given Pyongyang the advantage and undercut his own negotiators.

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