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President Donald Trump recently asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to skip a scheduled trip to North Korea. Trump’s request has, therefore, put a halt to negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea regarding the latter’s denuclearization.

The president’s request was made in response to North Korea’s notorious lack of action regarding denuclearization. In a series of tweets on Friday, Trump wrote:

I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula … Secretary Pompeo looks forward to going to North Korea in the near future, most likely after our Trading relationship with China is resolved. In the meantime I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!

Trump’s tweets are layered. His tweets recognize that North Korea has not followed through with its stated commitment to denuclearize. However, Trump’s posts also point out that China is currently not holding North Korea accountable for its actions. In fact, by concluding with sending his “warmest regards” to Kim Jong-un, Trump is emphasizing the fact that the U.S. is not currently willing to put pressure on North Korea.

The president’s tweets are also concerning due to the fact that the U.S.’  talks with China, which just concluded and were held in Washington, did not come to a fruitful conclusion.

Many experts expect the U.S.’ relationship with China to worsen. This fact will likely delay North Korea’s denuclearization even further.

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