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Seoul Regrets Scrapped Pompeo Trip to North Korea

FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha at South Korea's mission, July 20, 2018, in New York.

South Korea has called the U.S. decision to call off a trip to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “unfortunate” but says it’s most important for the allies to pursue “substantial progress” on denuclearization.

The statement by the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on Saturday came hours after President Donald Trump directed Pompeo to delay his trip because of what he saw as a lack of progress on nuclear disarmament talks with the North.

Trump also accused China for its supposed lack of support in U.S.-led diplomatic efforts to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons and missiles.

The ministry says South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke with Pompeo over the phone and they pledged joint efforts to keep the momentum of dialogue alive.