China rebukes USA during tense Pompeo visit

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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. -China relations caused by recent trade and political disputes.

"Mr Kim told Mr Moon of his wish to meet the Pope during last month's summit of the two leaders, the spokesman added, without elaborating on the timing".

The dovish Moon, who held three summits with Kim this year and also brokered the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, said Sunday the "whole world" was watching with keen interest the outcomes of Pompeo's trip.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke of fundamental differences.

"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 said he's "hopeful" global inspectors would soon be allowed on select sites associated with North Korea's missile and nuclear program, and didn't comment on Pyongyang's insistence that inspectors would be allowed into the Yongbyon site only if the US took corresponding measures.

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The two officials also discussed the possibility of the USA monitoring Pyongyang's steps towards denuclearisation, the South Korean President's office said on Sunday.

The inspectors will visit a missile engine test facility and the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site as soon as the logistics are worked out, Pompeo said.

Pope Francis has made repeated public appeals for peace on the Korean peninsula, and led the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square in prayers for the U.S.

Since the summit, the archbishop said he has met with Francis.

"Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over the productive and wonderful talks with Mike Pompeo at which mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged", KCNA said.

Pompeo said they came close to finalising a date and venue for the next Kim-Trump meeting.

Kim Jong-un and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had lunch and discussed future relations between the two countries. "But if you look at the approach, we are in lockstep with each of those two countries in terms of how we approach achieving the results that everyone is aimed at".

The North has accused Washington of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on denuclearization and has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks.

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".

During last month's summit, Kim also reaffirmed efforts to ease military tension on the flashpoint peninsula but remained vague on measures on how to dismantle his widely-feared atomic arsenal.

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