Pompeo’s China visit marked by frosty talks and ‘fundamental disagreement’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed denuclearisation steps to be taken by the North

China's foreign minister has told visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States should stop what he called groundless attacks on his country's policies.

"Recently, as the USA side has been constantly escalating trade friction toward China, it has also adopted a series of actions on the Taiwan issue that harm China's rights, and has made groundless criticism of China's domestic and foreign policies", Wang said at the joint appearance with Pompeo.

China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, criticised America for imposing tariffs on Chinese goods and for accusing Beijing of interfering in U.S. politics.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to visit Russian Federation soon, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday (Oct 8).

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

Kim "expressed his gratitude to President Trump for making honest effort" to implement the Singapore agreement, according a report on the Pompeo visit by North Korea's state news agency KCNA. He and Biegun both said they expected meetings at the working level to begin soon and become quite frequent before the next summit. Trump said it resulted in a "special bond" between the two leaders and he was optimistic about a denuclearized future. The North has rejected that and South Korea has suggested it may not be a necessary next step.

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Kim is ready to invite global experts to inspect the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, which Pyongyang invited worldwide journalists to witness being demolished in May, according to Pompeo.

"I've never been involved in an global discussion where there weren't differences of view, not only between governments but inside of governments", he said. While the leaders signed a vague agreement to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the two sides have bickered over the pace and sequence of steps to achieve that goal". And so there'll be tactical places where we'll have debates and disagreements, that is a necessary component of getting to the best deliverable.

North Korea recently asked for "corresponding" reciprocal measures for the possible dismantlement of its important Yongbyon nuclear complex, a demand experts say might refer to declaring an end to the war or easing sanctions imposed on the country. "But we will get there".

Trump met with Kim in Singapore in June and - at the time - announced that the two countries are set to "start a new history". It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development. USA officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

A USA official who was part of Pompeo's delegation said the trip was "better than last time" but also said "it's going to be a long haul".

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

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