'While we consider the delay of the visit to North Korea as unfortunate, we believe it's most important for the North Korea-U.S. dialogue, including Secretary Pompeo's visits to North Korea, to contribute to substantial progress in complete denuclearization and the establishment of a permanent peace regime in the Korean Peninsula, ' South Korea's Foreign Ministry said.
Pompeo and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha "reaffirmed the United States and the Republic of Korea remain committed to the final, fully verified denuclearization of" North Korea, the State Department said.
U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets on China concerning the denuclearization of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are ill-grounded and is merely "passing the buck", analysts said.
US remarks went against basic facts and were irresponsible, Lu said, adding that China has, for many years, played an important and constructive role in pushing for the proper solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, and always comprehensively and strictly implemented the resolutions of the UN Security Council on the DPRK.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to visit North Korea next week. North Korea admitted in 2002 it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train as spies, and five of them returned to Japan.
"All parties concerned should.show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being capricious and putting the blame on others".
The inter-Korean summit slated for September remains on track, and President Moon's role as mediator between the USA and North Korea appears to have expanded after the cancelled visit, Blue House's Kim told reporters on Sunday.More news: India rejects UAE govt's $100 mn flood disaster fund offer
North Korea's blistering broadsides against Japan are nothing new, given its position as a hated former colonial power and a key player in global efforts to punish Pyongyang with sanctions over its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Some steps have been made towards peace after a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
In his Friday tweets, Trump also blamed the Chinese government for North Korea's lack of cooperation. It is likely that Seoul keeps the back-channel programs low-key because of worries about angering North Korea, which refuses South Korea's push to have more frequent official reunions because it uses them as political leverage.
Cheong said the cancellation of Pompeo's visit put the ball in the court of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is due to visit Pyongyang in September.
Trump's move also followed two days of trade talks with Chinese officials in Washington that ended without progress, a fact the president alluded to in his decision about the Pyongyang trip.
The president pressured China to do more to rein in its smaller communist ally by enforcing tough economic sanctions as tensions over the North's nuclear program raised fears of a new war a year ago.
"I wore the military uniform for 40 years, long enough to know that we should not look to reduce by an equal number of guard posts", Song, a retired admiral, said during a session of the National Assembly's defense committee.