Kim expected to meet 'soon' with leaders of China, Russia: Seoul

Saul Bowman
October 9, 2018

Liberty Times called the press conference "embarrassing" with both Wang Yi and Pompeo blaming each other's government for the current trade disputes and deterioration of relations.

Kim "expressed his gratitude to President Trump for making honest effort" to implement the Singapore agreement, according a report on the Pompeo visit by North Korea's state news agency KCNA.

"It's a long process", Pompeo told a small group of reporters in the South Korean capital of Seoul, where he traveled after meeting with Kim in Pyongyang on Sunday.

It's the first time U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has briefed China following right after denuclearization talks with North Korea. Trump said it resulted in a "special bond" between the two leaders and he was optimistic about a denuclearized future.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that "Chairman Kim invited inspectors to visit the Punggye Ri nuclear test site to confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled".

Pompeo's bodyguard was also ordered to leave his weapon behind during the negotiations.

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.

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"We hope the United States and China can meet each other halfway and conscientiously fulfill the important consensus reached by the leaders of both countries", Yang said.

During Mr Pompeo's last visit to Pyongyang in July, he was denounced for making "gangster-like demands".

"We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit", Pompeo tweeted.

"We demand that the USA side stop this kind of mistaken action", he said.

He briefed Wang on his visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), voiced the USA side's appreciation of China's consistent position on the Korean Peninsula and its efforts on denuclearization, and expressed a willingness to continue related cooperation.

At last month's inter-Korean summit, the North expressed its willingness to close the Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington takes corresponding action, which Moon said would include a declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing.

Earlier this year, the U.S. and North Korea began talks over Mr Kim's controversial nuclear weapons programme.

Following their meeting a day earlier, Kim was heard saying to the top USA diplomat, "I am really pleased for this opportunity". "The president has achieved tremendous success with his policies so far". USA officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

The mystery for analysts and observers remains how much more may be going on behind the scenes than USA officials are admitting publicly.

"I know that during your visit, you also want to exchange views with the Chinese side on regional hotspot issues including the situation in the Korean Peninsula", Wang said. "If that isn't happening, then it's a really interesting question of what even the point of a second summit would be".

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