Frosty start to US-China talks on North Korea

Frosty start to US-China talks on North Korea

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", he said at a press conference in South Korea' Seoul.

Moon said a second Mr. Trump-Kim summit could be accompanied by major diplomatic developments that could contribute to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and stabilizing peace.

The exchange, between Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, displayed an unusually stern tone from both sides, amid rising tension between the world's two largest economies.

Pompeo and Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted the schism after the chief United States diplomat arrived in Beijing on the final leg of an Asian trip focused on North Korea's nuclear issue.

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

In an interview with the Washington Post, she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site. DPRK is the acronym for the country's official name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea. And the Stimson Centre's 38 North said last week that no dismantling activity was spotted since August 3.

Pompeo and Wang did find common ground in opposing the nuclear threat from North Korea. The statement did not provide further details.

Mr Wang said United States actions on trade and its support for Taiwan, which China considers part of its own territory, had cast a shadow on the relationship between the two countries.




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.

KCNA also said the two sides agreed to hold working negotiations for the second summit as early as possible.

KCNA did not mention that issue.

Pompeo is on the last stop of a four-leg Asian tour that began in Japan and is scheduled to end in China on Monday.

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".

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, as well as some with Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong.

After Mr Pompeo left North Korea in July, hailing progress, Mr Kim's government denounced him for making "gangster-like demands".

In Pyongyang on Sunday, Pompeo and Kim met for about 3 1/2 hours, first in a business session and then in a 90-minute luncheon that the North Korean leader hosted at a state guesthouse.

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