Chill in the air as Pompeo meets Chinese counterparts in Beijing

Howard TerryOct 08, 2018

Pompeo, who was briefing Wang following his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said, "The issues that you characterized, we have a fundamental disagreement".

The upbeat tone is a marked difference from Pompeo's last visit to Pyongyang, which saw North Korea slam the USA for "gangster-like" behaviour in its demands for unilateral disarmament.

Kim said the bilateral dialogue would continue to develop "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders", and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreement made at their June summit, KCNA said.

DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Trump and Kim held an historic first summit in Singapore in June.

Following Pompeo's latest trip to the Korean Peninsula, Trump and Kim are "close" to finalizing details for a second summit.

Another planned trip by Pompeo to Pyongyang was scrapped after what Trump said was insufficient progress towards implementing the terms of the Singapore declaration.

Pompeo told reporters in Pyongyang the two "had a great, great visit" and that Trump sent his regards.

"The recent parade in North Korea, for once, was not about their nuclear arsenal", she said.

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.

Pompeo and Kim made "significant progress" in "a long process" to denuclearize North Korea and "will continue to make significant progress and we are further along in making that progress than any administration in an awfully long time", he said. Kim's regime has said it wants to focus on more than just its nuclear program, and that it expects the U.S.to show some flexibility with its demands.

He wouldn't be specific but said he and Kim had agreed to soon begin working-level talks on the nuts and bolts of denuclearization and on the placement of worldwide inspectors at one of North Korea's main nuclear facilities, and had come close to finalizing a date and venue for the next Kim-Trump summit.

Pompeo met with Kim for three and a half hours, which included a 90-minute luncheon, and then flew to Seoul later Sunday to share the outcome with South Korean officials.

The South Koreans said the USA and North Korea discussed establishing formal negotiating groups to set a "denuclearization process" and work out a time and location for a follow-up meeting to the first Trump-Kim summit in June.

Pompeo also discussed additional denuclearization steps that the reclusive regime can take, as well as Washington's monitoring of the verification process and "corresponding measures", according to the presidential office.

"I've never been involved in an global discussion where there weren't differences of view, not only between governments but inside of governments", he said.

Mr Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held talks over the weekend.

In Seoul, Pompeo said he and Kim had agreed to soon begin working-level talks on details of denuclearization and placement of worldwide inspectors at one of North Korea's main nuclear facilities.

Moon also said there was a possibility of Kim holding a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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