The United States is ready for talks with North Korea when it's clear it will follow through on its commitment to denuclearize, the State Department said Tuesday after a planned visit to Pyongyang by top diplomat Mike Pompeo was shelved.
Last week, President Donald Trump directed Pompeo to delay his trip, which had been slated for early this week, citing insufficient progress on getting the authoritarian regime to abandon its nuclear weapons, as agreed upon with leader Kim Jong Un in June.
Washington Correspondent for FNC Rich Edson joins Fox News Radio's Marie Harf to talk about President Trump telling Pompeo to delay his meeting with North Korea.
On trade negotiations with Mexico: The U.S. and Mexico decided to break off and try to work out the differences between those two countries, looping the Canadians in later. The Canadian government strongly pushed to say, 'Let's not just have a U.S-Mexico agreement. Let's all three of us get together.' That's essentially where these discussions are now. You bring the Canadians back in and then you try to work out the broader three country deal. (1:13)
On Trump canceling North Korea meeting: The State Department refuses to get into much of anything other than to point to well we are making progress. That progress is that North Korea has not launched a intercontinental ballistic missile in the last few months and hasn't exploded a nuclear bomb and that conversations are ongoing. You heard today the Defense Secretary Madison say 'We suspended those joint exercises with South Korea for some time, but we're planing on resuming that because there hasn't been the progress that was hoped among many in the State Department.' (4:05)
On there being less pressure on North Korea: There was intense pressure last year with the President tweeting directly at Kim Jong Un talking about sizing of buttons. That has subsided. There have been no missile tests from North Korea. There have been no nuclear tests and the temperature has fallen dramatically. (6:30)
On what happens next with North Korea: We've been asking State Department officials, 'How long is the road?' We don't really get an answers, a specific answer, whether that has been provided to North Korea. When you look at what analysts are saying about this that you have essentially a very broad political framework agreed to by President Trump and Chairman Kim and then you have the teams come in to negotiate it. They're looking behind them at their leaders to say, 'What does this mean? What do you mean when you said this or wrote this?' So that has a lot to do with that there hasn't been movement. (8:17)