Pompeo Says North Korea Ready to Let Inspectors Into Missile, Nuclear Sites

Geraldine Edwards
October 10, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Kim in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, on Sunday for talks on setting up a second summit with Trump.

Kim and Mr Pompeo agreed to arrange another summit between the Korean leader and US President Donald Trump "as soon as possible".

While the Vatican and North have no formal diplomatic relations according to Channel News Asia, the outlet reported South Korean President Moon Jae-In would deliver the message next week during a meeting with Francis. "But we do think right that this is a place where ultimately some of these big hard issues have to be resolved by the nation's most senior leaders and hope to have those presented in a way that the two leaders can resolve them when they get together".

"I will surely tell you in private about our conversation".

Stressing that the moves directly impacted mutual trust and cast a shadow over China-U.S. relations, Wang urged the United States to immediately stop making negative remarks.

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The day before, in St Peter's Basilica, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State and the Pope's second-in-command, will say a "Mass for Peace" on the Korean peninsula.

Pompeo tweeted Monday that he was heading to China to work on a "final, fully-verified" denuclearization of North Korea.

The North's regime since then has allowed Catholic organisations to run aid projects in the impoverished country, but direct relations with the Vatican are non-existent.

In Tokyo on Saturday, Mr Pompeo promised he would bring up Japan's concerns about North Korea's alleged abductions of Japanese citizens and its nuclear ambitions. And we have a very good relationship with Chairman Kim. "But it is wholly in keeping with North Korea's desire to maintain the upper hand in the global public narrative, shaping a discourse where it is the driver of peace".

Regardless of the push and pull and the apparent lack of a breakthrough, it was an improvement on Pompeo's visit three months ago, when Kim declined to meet him at all.

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But the senior USA official said the United States still expected cooperation with Beijing on efforts to denuclearize North Korea, whose chief ally is China. "Timing won't be too far away", he said.

Trump said at a campaign rally late last month that he likes Kim, adding, "We fell in love, OK?"

The pontiff made a five-day trip to South Korea in August 2014, his first visit to Asia as pope, during which he called for peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.

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

The pope has previously been invited to the nation in by Kim's father Kim Jong II in 2000 but the proposed meeting never went ahead. They said the North Korean leader appeared simply to be repackaging and dragging out past pledges.

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North Korea entered talks with the USA and South Korea earlier this year, saying it's willing to negotiate away its advancing nuclear arsenal.

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