Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Secretary of State Pompeo and Kim Jong Un hold talks in Pyongyang

Secretary of State Pompeo and Kim Jong Un hold talks in Pyongyang

Recently the United States escalated its trade friction with China, took actions that jeopardized China's rights and interests on the Taiwan issue and unwarrantedly condemned China on its domestic and foreign policies, Wang said. Trump also approved a weapons sale to Taiwan, the self-ruled island the Communist mainland claims as its own territory, and sanctioned a Chinese company and its leader over an arms purchase from Russian Federation.

At the same time, the United States and China are cooperating on efforts to pressure North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to give up his country's nuclear weapons and long-range missile programs.

North Korea's state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, featured eight photos of the meeting on its front page, including shots of Kim and Pompeo smiling and shaking hands, as well as some with Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong.

As part of his delegation to Pyongyang, Pompeo brought along Stephen Biegun, his special representative to North Korea and the diplomat expected to take on more of the day-to-day negotiating with Kim's regime. But when asked when inspectors might arrive, Pompeo offered few specifics.

That progress contradicts promises North Korea has made dating back at least to 1992, and in recent months, when Kim promised to honor all past agreements and work toward denuclearization.

It comes a day after the North Korean leader agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump "as early as possible", following a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang.

Trump said he had spoken at length with Pompeo after the secretary of state met with Kim and the two had "a very, very good meeting". When Pope Francis visited South Korea in 2014, he held a mass in Seoul dedicated to reunification of the two Koreas.

At least, a USA official traveling with Pompeo said, the visit to North Korea went better than Pompeo's previous trip, which ended with a North Korean statement accusing him of making "gangster-like" demands. "We will be having more frequent and higher level working level group discussions than we have had in some time".

The Vatican said in a statement that the pope will receive Moon at noon (1000 GMT) on October 17.

Pompeo's trip to Asia began Saturday in Tokyo, where he met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He pledged the Trump administration would coordinate and unify its strategy for denuclearisation with its allies. Trump cancelled Pompeo's planned trip to Pyongyang in August, citing little evidence that North Korea had followed through on any of its commitments to denuclearize.

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In an interview with the Washington Post, she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site.

Pompeo, however, played down the differences.

The KCNA said that Kim explained in detail the "proposals" meant to resolve the denuclearization issue and other matters, adding that the leader and Pompeo also exchanged "constructive" views on relevant matters.

Rising tensions have fueled concern in Beijing and Washington that the president's trade fight could, if left unchecked, foster a new Cold War between the two countries. And so there'll be tactical places where we'll have debates and disagreements.

"I know that you would like to discuss the North Korea issue and other relational issues with me on this visit", Wang said.

While Trump is seeking a second meeting with Kim - possibly ahead of the November 6 voting - he's sending Pence in his place to regional summits planned for next month in Singapore and Papua New Guinea.

North Korea and the Vatican have no formal diplomatic relations.

But unlike his last visit to Beijing in June, Pompeo did not have a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. A second summit in the coming weeks could boost Trump ahead of USA midterm elections in November, but a failure to secure any measurable commitments would undercut what the president has seen so far as a clear foreign policy strength.

Pompeo, however, told a reporter traveling with him Monday that "we made significant progress".

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