Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Kim Jong-un wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea, says Seoul

Kim Jong-un wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea, says Seoul

That was followed by President Donald Trump's positive note: "Progress made on Singapore summit agreements!"

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

The president of the Korean Bishops conference, Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-Joong, was present at a dinner for the South Korean delegation in Pyongyang last month, during the third summit between Korean leaders.

"Four months after the U.S".

The unprecedented summit served as a platform for the two leaders to discuss denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

Another planned trip by Pompeo to Pyongyang was scrapped after what Trump said was insufficient progress towards implementing the terms of the Singapore declaration. "We'll continue to make significant progress and we are further along in making that progress than any administration in an awfully long time".

In Seoul, Pompeo said he and Kim had agreed to soon begin working-level talks on details of denuclearisation and placement of global inspectors at one of North Korea's main nuclear facilities.

In their later meeting, Yang expressed Chinese frustration with Washington while avoiding specifics, telling Pompeo relations are "facing challenges".

Pompeo said that despite obvious differences on many issues between the two sides, the United States does not mean to oppose China's development, and there is no policy to fully contain China.

Last month, the North's foreign minister told the United Nations there was "no way" his country would disarm first as long as tough U.S. sanctions remain against his country. China is a bigger threat than Russia, Pence said Thursday, and is actively "meddling in America's democracy".

"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.

A USA decision to sell $330 million of military equipment to Taiwan on September 26 and a four-page supplement, sponsored by the official China Daily newspaper, published in Iowa's Des Moines Register on September 30 further ratcheted up tensions.

After Seoul, Pompeo ends his trip Monday in China, North Korea's political and economic lifeline. "He also emphasized the importance of maintaining cross-strait peace and stability". China has backed United Nations sanctions on its Cold War-era ally, though it recently called for them to be eased.

Kazianis told CBN's Gary Lane how China can circumvent U.S. economic sanctions against Kim.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence stepped up the USA pressure campaign against Beijing, going beyond the trade war by accusing China of both "malign" efforts to undermine President Donald Trump ahead of next month's congressional elections and of reckless military action in the South China Sea.

But other parts of Asia still have concerns.

Following their meeting a day earlier, Kim was heard saying to the top USA diplomat, "I am really pleased for this opportunity". But he and Xi could meet on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires later in November.

The two sides agreed to set up "working-level" negotiating teams to finalize the date and time for a summit, as well as set the stage for a successful summit meeting, he said.

Pompeo said he and Kim had gotten "pretty close" to fixing the logistics for the summit but stressed that "sometimes that last inch is hard to close".

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