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China Condemns 'Irresponsible' Trump Accusations Over N. Korea

China Condemns 'Irresponsible' Trump Accusations Over N. Korea

Pompeo had planned a short trip to North Korea last weekend but on Friday, President Donald Trump pulled the plug, saying he had not seen "sufficient progress" toward Pyongyang denuclearizing.

"The US statement violates basic facts and is irresponsible, " the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on its website.

"We can not but take a serious note of the double-dealing attitudes of the U.S.as it is busy staging secret drills involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face", it noted.

North Korea's state-controlled newspaper accused the US of "double-dealing" on Sunday after Washington canceled a planned visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as negotiations over the pariah state's nuclear arsenal continue to stall.

The US leader, however, sent his "warmest regards and respect" to Kim, and said that Pompeo "looks forward to going to North Korea in the near future", once the current US-China trade dispute is resolved.

According to the South Korean Foreign Ministry, Kang called the cancellation "regrettable" while Pompeo reaffirmed the US position that it will continue to solidify South Korea-US cooperation.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also has been preparing for a third summit with Kim since their landmark first meeting on April 27.

A total of 89 South Koreans and 185 North Koreans took part in the first round of the family reunions held at the same hotel between Monday and Wednesday.

Troy Stangarone, senior director of congressional affairs and trade at the Washington-based non-profit Korea Economic Institute, also told Xinhua that "China's preference was always for dialogue over sanctions for dealing with North Korea and its actions likely reflects its own policy preference more than active efforts to exert a negative influence on the talks" between Washington and Pyongyang.

The trip would have been Pompeo's fourth to North Korea, and the second since an historic summit on June 12 between Trump and Kim in Singapore.

The Washington Post quoted two unnamed senior U.S. administration officials as saying the letter came on Friday from Mr Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, who led previous rounds of talks with Mr Pompeo. "President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem", he added.

Trump hailed the summit in Singapore as a success and even went as far as to declare the nuclear threat from North Korea over, but Pyongyang has given no indication it is willing abandon its arsenal unilaterally.

This sort of comment reflects considerable mistrust in North Korea, which grows substantially when the U.S. starts backing away from diplomatic channels.

Some steps have been made towards peace after a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Trump also linked the move to his growing spat with Beijing, which has roiled financial markets and global commerce. China put in place retaliatory measures after the USA imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products in July.