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N Korea at crossroads

Trump gambit takes aim at North Korea stalemate

Pompeo's scrapped trip to Pyongyang echoes negotiating tactic from summit

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, held a meeting Friday on North Korea attended by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, fourth from left. (Photo from White House social media director Dan Scavino's Twitter account)

WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- The cancellation Friday of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned visit to North Korea may be an effort by President Donald Trump to maneuver Pyongyang into further concessions on the stalled denuclearization process.

The move, just a day after Pompeo had announced the trip, came as a shock to much of Washington. Trump made the decision to cancel the visit Friday morning during a meeting with Pompeo, newly appointed Special Representative Stephen Biegun, chief of staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton, who joined by phone.

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