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U.S. still hopes for talks with NK despite missile tests

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Published on August 1, 2019 - Duration: 00:33s

U.S. still hopes for talks with NK despite missile tests

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday he hopes talks with North Korea will resume despite Pyongyang's recent missile launches.

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U.S. still hopes for talks with NK despite missile tests

Pompeo said he "regretted" that a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho would not take place in Thailand this week.

Ri has cancelled a trip to an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference in Bangkok that Pompeo is attending.

"We stand ready to continue our diplomatic conversation with North Korea," Pompeo told a news conference with his Thai counterpart, adding he was optimistic Kim would deploy his team for working-level talks "before too long".

A summit between Trump and Kim in Vietnam in February collapsed after they failed to reconcile differences between U.S. demands for North Korea's complete denuclearisation and North Korean demands for sanctions relief.

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