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

Cheryl Sanders
October 8, 2018

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

U.S. Secretary of State met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday in a meeting that was seen as productive.

He said that dialogue would develop favourably "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders of the two countries". DPRK is the acronym for the country's official name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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.

Following Pompeo's latest trip to the Korean Peninsula, Trump and Kim are "close" to finalizing details for a second summit.

Top diplomats from China and the US engaged in a frosty exchange on Monday as US Secretary Mike Pompeo declared the two powers were stuck in "fundamental disagreement" over a range of issues from trade to China's domestic and foreign policies.

Ms Nauert said Mr Pompeo "held productive discussions" with Kim. Trump said it resulted in a "special bond" between the two leaders and he was optimistic about a denuclearized future.

Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang marked the fourth of its kind.

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.

During the meeting in Beijing, Wang said China and the U.S. should strengthen cooperation on North Korea.

In recent weeks, USA officials have pointed to a recent meeting in Pyongyang between Kim and Moon, when North Korea committed to dismantling a missile-engine-testing site and raised the possibility of doing the same at its Yongbyon nuclear-enrichment facility.

He met with Kim in Pyongyang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul, both on Sunday.

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

Pompeo also discussed additional denuclearization steps that the reclusive regime can take, as well as Washington's monitoring of the verification process and "corresponding measures", according to the presidential office.

Pompeo said he was also hopeful that Kim would allow inspectors to visit a "missile engine test site", believed to be a facility in the town of Tongchang-ri that North Korea says it has begun dismantling.

"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.

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

Moon also said there was a possibility of Kim holding a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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