Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Pompeo: North Korea Ready to Allow International Inspectors at Nuclear Sites

Pompeo: North Korea Ready to Allow International Inspectors at Nuclear Sites

The Trump administration's recent allegations and actions against China have "directly impacted our mutual trust and cast a shadow over our bilateral relations", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Monday, casting the sudden deterioration in the relationship in surprisingly undiplomatic terms.

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.

Mr Moon said he hoped that Mr Pompeo's visit and a second US-North Korea summit would provide a chance to take "a decisive step forward in the denuclearisation and peace process on the Korean Peninsula".

Kim Jong-un and Mr Pompeo held talks about President Trump's plans and future relations with North Korea.

"Most importantly, both the leaders believe there's real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit", Pompeo said.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China October 8, 2018.

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Pompeo said "he agreed with Chairman Kim to hold the second US-North Korea summit at the earliest date possible", South Korea's presidential office said in a statement, although no specific time or location has yet been agreed.

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

It's also possible Pompeo wants to brief Trump - they are scheduled to have lunch on Tuesday - before any announcements are made.

Pompeo did not have a scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a fact that a senior U.S. State Department official on the trip said was not unusual, even though top U.S. officials often meet Chinese heads of state on visits. "China trade dispute and the Taiwan issue", Wang told Pompeo. Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim had "warmly welcomed" Pompeo in Pyongyang and "spoke highly of him".

Trump canceled Pompeo's planned trip to Pyongyang in August, citing little evidence that North Korea had followed through on any of its commitments to denuclearize.

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

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"Separately from the second U.S".

He said that Kim invited inspectors to the Punggye-ri test facility, the site of all six of the regime's nuclear blasts.

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

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

The US diplomat also met with Xi during a similar trip to the region in June.

Washington and Pyongyang have sparred over the exact terms of the vaguely-worded agreement in Singapore, with the U.S. pushing to maintain sanctions and pressure against the North until its "final, fully verified denuclearisation".

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