Mike Pompeo’s visit to China kicks off with frosty exchange

NK leader expresses belief in 'good program' for 2nd summit with Trump

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

The United States has also angered China with arms sales to Taiwan and new rules allowing top-level U.S. officials to travel to the island, though Washington still recognises Beijing over Taipei.

North Korea claims to have destroyed the site.

The statement said the two leaders "discussed the upcoming second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim and refined options for the location and date of that next summit".

A stalemate followed with the two countries struggling to agree over the exact terms of the vaguely worded deal secured in Singapore, with the U.S. calling for a "final, fully verified denuclearisation" of North Korea, while Pyongyang says more trust is needed.

Russian Federation is drawing up plans to host a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Moscow, according to the Kremlin.

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

KCNA said: "Together with Mike Pompeo, Kim Jong-un appreciated the positively developing situation on the Korean peninsula, explained in detail the proposals for solving the denuclearisation issue and matter of concern of both sides and exchanged constructive opinions".

That progress contradicts promises North Korea has made dating back at least to 1992, and in recent months, when Kim promised to honor all past agreements and work toward denuclearization.

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

Last month, the North's foreign minister told the United Nations there was "no way" his country would disarm first as long as tough USA sanctions remain against his country.




Pompeo's brief visit wasn't expected to resolve critical issues over how to get North Korea to disarm or make much progress on a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War.

Wang said cooperation should be the only choice for China and the USA, but denied Beijing was interfering in USA domestic affairs.

An official on Sunday's latest visit to Pyongyang with Pompeo said the trip was "better than the last time", but added: "It's going to be a long haul".

"These actions have affected the mutual trust between both sides and have cast a shadow over the prospect of China-US relations, which completely go against the interest of our two peoples", Wang said. Pompeo was hit by North Korean officials a few months ago as having a "gangster-like demand for denuclearization".

Analysts say Washington may now consider new options as China, Russia and South Korea seek to relax sanctions.

"We demand that the USA side immediately stop its wrong actions and words".

The Secretary of State added that South Korea has been an integral part of negotiations aimed at denuclearising North Korea, and he passed along Mr Trump's gratitude for the country's efforts.

"I would certainly expect so", the official said.

But Trump called off the trip a day later, saying North Korea hadn't made sufficient progress toward denuclearization.

The comments come as Pompeo completes a whirlwind diplomatic tour of Asia, visiting North Korea, South Korea and China over three days.

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