US, Kim ‘take new step forward’ in fresh meeting

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed denuclearisation steps to be taken by the North

Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to visit Russian Federation soon, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday (Oct 8).

A senior State Department official said, despite their differences, the U.S. still expected China to cooperate on efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

"These actions have affected the mutual trust between both sides, and has cast a shadow over the prospect of China-US relations, which completely go against the interest of our two peoples", Wang said.

"North Korea summit, Chairman Kim Jong Un's visit to Russian Federation and President Xi Jinping's visit to North Korea are expected to take place soon", Moon told a cabinet meeting. Pompeo did not meet Kim on that trip. "We also need to clarify facts about the history of China-U.S. relations".

Later Kim said, "It's a very nice day that promises a good future" for both countries.

In Seoul, Pompeo told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Kim had agreed to have another summit "as soon as possible", according to a statement from Moon's office.

China's public show of displeasure also represented one of the strongest signs yet that the widening list of disputes between the US and China could undermine their cooperation on North Korea.

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.

Pompeo's Asian tour also took him to Japan and South Korea, where he said on Monday in Seoul that there had been "significant progress" towards an agreement for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

The top U.S. diplomat also said both sides were "pretty close" to agreement on the details of a second summit, which Kim proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump in a letter last month.

"America had hoped that economic liberalization would bring China into greater partnership with us and with the world", Pence said in his speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington.

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's state newspaper, featured eight photos from the meeting.

Pompeo shot back that the U.S.is very concerned with China's risky actions and rhetoric, which destabilizing for cross-strait relations and the entire region.

In Pyongyang on Sunday, Pompeo and Kim met for about 3 1/2 hours, first in a business session and then in a 90-minute luncheon that the North Korean leader hosted at a state guesthouse.

Speaking to the press, Pompeo said that inspectors would be allowed at the site "as soon as we get it logistically worked out".

Pompeo declined to comment on the status of talks over Yongbyon or the details of negotiations generally, saying "we're not going to talk about where we are in these negotiations, except for things we have agreed to release with the North Koreans". In Beijing, Pompeo met his Chinese counterparts to discuss maintaining sanctions, although unrelated disputes between the two countries spilled into public view and he didn't meet with President Xi Jinping.

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

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