Pompeo's meeting with North Korean officials postponed

Pompeo's meeting with North Korean officials postponed
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Overnight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents MORE’s Thursday meeting with a top North Korean official has been postponed, the State Department said.

A statement early Wednesday from department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the New York meeting will now take place at an unspecified “later date.”

“We will reconvene when our respective schedules permit,” she said. “Ongoing conversations continue to take place. The United States remains focused on fulfilling the commitments agreed to by President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE and Chairman Kim [Jong Un] at the Singapore Summit in June.”

The statement did not elaborate on the reason for the postponement, which was announced while most of the United States was focused on Tuesday's midterm election results.

Pompeo was expected to travel to New York with the Trump administration’s special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, to meet with Kim Yong Chol, former head of North Korea's spy agency who has been leading nuclear talks for North Korea.

The purpose of the meeting was to “discuss making progress on all four pillars of the Singapore Summit joint statement, including achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization” of North Korea, according to a Monday statement from the State Department.

On Sunday, Pompeo said he expected to make “real progress” at the meeting.

“I’m confident that we’ll advance the ball again this week when I’m in New York City,” he said on CBS News' "Face the Nation."

Progress on North Korea's denuclearization has stalled since Kim and Trump met in Singapore in June. The two leaders have expressed interest in holding a second summit, which Trump said last month would have to take place after the midterm elections.