>> Tim had come on board, he and I will be travelling to North Korea.>> It was an angry letter from Pyongyang that was behind the decision to cancel US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to North Korea. That's according to the Washington Post which quoted unnamed senior US officials.
The newspaper said the letter was sent from Kim Yon-Chul, a senior official from North Korea's Ruling Workers party, who led previous rounds of talks with Pompeo. So far no details on exactly what the letter said, but The Post reported that it was belligerent enough to convince Pompeo and President Donald Trump to cancel the trip.
The Secretary of State was planning his fourth trip this year aimed at convincing North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons program. But just after the visit was announced, Trump abruptly tweeted that it had been called off. The president blamed the cancellation on a lack of progress, "with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninula".
He also said China was refusing to help out because of trade tension between Washington and Beijing. It was the first time the president publicly admitted that his strategy to get North Korean to denuclearize might not be going according to plan.