Chinese state councilor meets U.S. state secretary, calling for win-win cooperation

Chinese state councilor meets U.S. state secretary, calling for win-win cooperation

Chinese state councilor meets U.S. state secretary, calling for win-win cooperation

Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, made the announcement after a Sunday meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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. DPRK is the acronym for the country's official name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Following Pompeo's latest trip to the Korean Peninsula, Trump and Kim are "close" to finalizing details for a second summit.

Pompeo said that the two countries "will be having more frequent and higher-level working group discussions", but "ultimately, some of these big, hard issues have to be resolved by the nations' most senior leaders".

Chairman Kim said he's ready to allow them to come in. Trump said it resulted in a "special bond" between the two leaders and he was optimistic about a denuclearized future.

Pompeo told reporters in Pyongyang the two "had a great, great visit" and that Trump sent his regards.

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.

The Reuters news agency reports North Korea's state-run newspaper had eight photos from the meeting on its front page, including images of Pompeo and Kim smiling and shaking hands.

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


Such an inspection has been one of the main sticking points in making progress on a denuclearisation pledge secured by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader at the historic summit in Singapore earlier this year.

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.

Pompeo met Wang and Yang Jiechi, a senior Cabinet official and former foreign minister, after talks Sunday with Kim in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that Kim is expected to visit Russian Federation soon and that Chinese leader Xi Jinping will also travel to North Korea, but did not give any further details.

Pompeo also discussed additional denuclearization steps that the reclusive regime can take, as well as Washington's monitoring of the verification process and "corresponding measures", according to the presidential office.

Pompeo has refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a US 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.

"I've never been involved in an worldwide discussion where there weren't differences of view, not only between governments but inside of governments", he said.

Pompeo, who met Kim during a short trip to Pyongyang on Sunday, said the inspectors would visit a missile engine test facility and the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site as soon as the two sides agree on logistics.

Washington and Pyongyang have sparred over the exact terms of the vaguely-worded agreement in Singapore, with the U.S. pushing to maintain sanctions and pressure against the North until its "final, fully verified denuclearisation".

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