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Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui is expected to accompany Kim Yong Chol, who is likely to visit NY for talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the source said. This week's meeting will be one of several conducted by the Secretary of State in the weeks and months since Mr. Trump's landmark summit in June with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Mr Pompeo's announcement comes just a day after North Korea's foreign ministry said the North will "seriously" consider reviving its nuclear weapons program unless United States sanctions are lifted.

They will decide on the fate of next year's large-scale exercises before December 1 after a working-level review, South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said on October 31 following the annual Security Consultative Meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in Washington.

Pompeo's announcement follows a North Korean foreign ministry statement that the North will "seriously" consider reviving its nuclear weapons program unless USA sanctions are lifted.

Meanwhile, Pompeo, interviewed on CBS's "Face the Nation," said he would be in New York City at the end of this week to meet with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong-chol.

As the United States and North Korea prepare for another round of high-level talks this week, Pyongyang's increasingly heated rhetoric has analysts anxious that the stalemate between the two sides could lead to a breakdown in negotiations.

The North Korean foreign ministry, in its latest statement, said, "The improvement of relations and sanctions are incompatible".

But a statement issued by the North's foreign ministry said Pyongyang could revert to its former policy if the USA did not change its stance over sanctions.

The two have sparred over the exact terms of the deal, with Washington pushing to maintain sanctions against the North until its "final, fully verified denuclearisation" and Pyongyang condemning USA demands as "gangster-like".

The U.S. top diplomat said that the meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim in June this year has set them on the path that they're on today. He also declared that the North would stop nuclear and long-range missile tests.

Asked when Pyongyang could expect sanctions relief, Pompeo said: "It is not only complete denuclearisation, but our capacity to verify that that has taken place, is also a prerequisite to lifting economic sanctions". The exact date and place of the meeting of the leaders of the United Kingdom and Russian President Vladimir Putin is not reported.

North Korea stepped up its attack on US-led sanctions, threatening to resume its nuclear programme if the measures aren't lifted.

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