Kim Jong Un Invites Pope Francis to North Korea

09 October, 2018, 17:57 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'

Pompeo said he expected to have "good, candid, frank conversations" with Wang about his meeting Sunday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.

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

Kim got out of the Rolls-Royce and is then seen walking towards Pompeo to greet him with a handshake with the shiny new motor in the background.

During Pompeo's meeting in Pyongyang, Kim also invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to "confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled", the State Department said.

On a more positive note, Wang said China was still willing to solve the trade dispute with the USA through negotiations, "but they must be conducted on an equal, honest and serious basis".

They also said the two sides agreed to hold a second round of negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea as early as possible.

The two countries have, however, been in a standoff over what the term denuclearisation means.

Kim Jong-un and Mr Pompeo held talks about President Trump's plans and future relations with North Korea.

"We hope the United States and China can meet each other halfway and conscientiously fulfill the important consensus reached by the leaders of both countries", Yang said.

Pompeo has refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a United States position on North Korea's demand for a formal end to the Korean War and a proposal from Seoul for such a declaration to be accompanied by a shutdown of the North's main known nuclear facility.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before their meeting in Beijing on Monday.


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.

The young leader of the isolated, impoverished but nuclear-armed North has taken a series of reconciliatory gestures since early this year, including a land summit with US President Donald Trump in June. The North Korean leader said progress is being made in implementing the goals of the first summit, and he "expressed his gratitude to President Trump for making honest effort to this end", KCNA said.

"A new order is being created on the Korean Peninsula", Moon declared.

He said current China-U.S. ties were at a critical phase, and China would maintain peaceful development and continue reform and opening-up, to realize rejuvenation while avoiding the "power leading to hegemony" stereotype.

At last month's inter-Korean summit, the North expressed its willingness to close the Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington takes corresponding action, which Moon said would include a declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

The invitation to the Pope is the first by a North Korean leader since 2000.

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's state newspaper, featured eight photos from the meeting.

"For Asia, the severity of China-U.S. frictions is taking up much attention and is, to some extent, diluting attention paid to the Korean peninsula issue", it said.

"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.

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

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