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Pompeo Faced Hard Bargain From the Start of His North Korea Trip

Pompeo Faced Hard Bargain From the Start of His North Korea Trip

At the same time, the United States and China are cooperating on efforts to pressure North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to give up his country's nuclear weapons and long-range missile programs.

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

Mr Moon spoke positively about Mr Pompeo's meeting with Mr Kim on Sunday, saying it set up conditions that make possible another summit between Mr Kim and United States President Donald Trump soon and will help the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

The Reuters news agency reports North Korea's state-run newspaper had eight photos from the meeting on its front page, including images of Pompeo and Kim smiling and shaking hands.

"The optimistic would say that [North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] needs it for a domestic audience so he can change his ways and have a new approach; the pessimist would say it's another way to split the allies apart", Eyre added.

"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.

Pompeo said this could happen "as soon as we get it logistically worked out", adding: "Chairman Kim said he's ready to allow them to come in".

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

Pompeo replied that it was "important that we listen to each other, work through and find constructive solutions so we can find a good outcome for both our countries".

Later, South Korea said the North had agreed to hold a second summit with the USA as soon as possible, following the landmark event between Mr Trump and Mr Kim in the summer.

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Pompeo even invoked the cancellation of a meeting between US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart, which was supposed to take place in Beijing this month.

"We are starting to see a first wave of actions we can take on all four pillars of the Singapore communique", said Biegun. A new order on the Korean Peninsula is being formed.

Never before has the USA officially acknowledged China as a relevant party, .an act believed to be a way to gain support from Beijing.

Specifically, Pompeo revealed that North Korea agreed to allow global inspectors to survey their nuclear and missile testing sites.

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

During the last three days of his Asia trip, Pompeo met with top leaders from all three nations in Japan, South and North Korea.

Sweden and Switzerland are once again being mentioned as possible locations, as was the case ahead of the June 12 US-North Korea summit in Singapore.

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

High-level exchanges between the two countries have been frozen, including a planned diplomatic and security meeting between US Secretary of Defence James Mattis and Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe originally scheduled for mid-October in Beijing.

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


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