President Trump tweets that Mike Pompeo will not be visiting North Korea

Ford Executive Named US Envoy to North Korea

President Donald Trump has asked his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, not to go to North Korea, as was previously planned for next week, he said in a series of tweets Friday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named Ford Motor Co executive Stephen Biegun as US special representative to North Korea on Thursday and said they would both travel there next week to try to persuade it to abandon its nuclear weapons.

It's worth noting that Trump had said after his famous summit with leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore that there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.

Notably, Trump attributed this lack of progress to China - rather than to Kim's regime - arguing that Beijing had ceased "helping with the process of denuclearization", in an apparent response to the administration's "tougher Trading stance".

However, President Trump still sent his regards to Kim Jong-un, ending his tweet by saying he looks forward to seeing him soon.

Trump seemed to mostly blame China. Pompeo has been leading the effort for President Donald Trump and has already made three trips to Pyongyang since April, although there have been few visible signs of progress in the talks.

Kelly Magsamen a former USA deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian affairs now at the Center for American Progress think tank, said Trump was undermining his leverage with Kim as well as that of Pompeo and his new envoy.

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The same day that report came out, Trump told Reuters "a lot of good things are happening" with North Korea. Intelligence and defense officials were not in the meeting, the official said, seeming to indicate that the breakdown was diplomatic in nature. Moon, who lobbied hard for the meeting between Trump and Kim, plans to visit Pyongyang in September for his third summit with Kim this year.

Trump cited a lack of progress on denuclearization as his reasoning. On Friday, Trump partly blamed China for the stalled momentum. Days later, Trump recommitted to the meeting.

He said that Mr. Pompeo will return to North Korea "in the near future" once the trade dispute is settled.

Just this week, the Trump administration levied 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese imports, a move that could mean US consumers will pay more for dozens of products including farm equipment, motorcycles, mopeds, electronics and plastics.

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It said China would continue to play a positive role in working towards decentralization on the Korean peninsula.

Talks this week between USA and Chinese officials failed to bridge the divide.

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