President cites lack of progress and China's unhelpful stance
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, announces the appointment of Steve Biegun as Special Representative to North Korea at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 23. (State Department photo)
ARIANA KING and YOSUKE ONCHI, Nikkei staff writers | North Korea
NEW YORK/SEOUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed his top diplomat to cancel a trip to North Korea next week, citing insufficient progress toward denuclearization.
"I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Trump tweeted on Friday.