China rebukes U.S. during tense Pompeo visit

Both President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un believe "substantive progress" can be made at a second summit meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, adding that arrangements for the leaders to meet are close to being finalized. First, he was forced to negotiate on the tarmac in Pyongyang over who could attend his meetings with Kim.

The first Trump-Kim summit took place in June in Singapore.

Pompeo's hurdles were highest in Pyongyang.

Stephen Biegun, the USA special representative for North Korea who accompanied Pompeo to Pyongyang, said he offered to meet his counterpart, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, "as soon as possible" and they were in discussion over time and place.

Pompeo called for more communication, trust and cooperation based on rules and promised that the USA side adhered to the one-China principle.

The South Korean president hopes the summit will allow a new order to be created throughout the Korean peninsula, eventually leading into Northeast Asia.

Mr Pompeo said "significant progress" had been made towards denuclearisation.

The Pope has long urged the two Koreas to make peace.

The North Korean leader also invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test facility, which Pyongyang took apart in May, "to confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled", the State Department said. But when asked when inspectors might arrive, Pompeo offered few specifics.

Pompeo did not say when inspectors would be allowed to Punggye-ri, and the State Department did not respond when asked if they would be Americans or others from worldwide nuclear bodies.

If ties between the two countries continued to deteriorate, there could be "profound changes" in the strategic environment for such regional issues as North Korea, China's state-backed Global Times tabloid warned in an editorial.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 8, 2018. The secretary of state began his response talking about "fundamental disagreement" on key issues between the world's two biggest economies, but signaling optimism that "candid" conversations would bring both sides together.

Wang said the United States has been escalating trade tensions between the two sides and dealt with Taiwan in a way China finds objectionable. Bandow cited a report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide that stated, "Among other basic human rights denied to the people of North Korea, freedom of religion or belief is largely non-existent".

"The supreme leader expressed his will and conviction that a great progress would surely be made in solving the issues of utmost concern of the world and in attaining the goal set forth at the last talks with the projected second DPRK-U.S. summit talks as an occasion", KCNA reported. "He also emphasized the importance of maintaining cross-strait peace and stability". -China relations caused by recent trade and political disputes.

"We can't rule out the possibility that Washington. may move in the direction of partial easing of sanctions based on progress in denuclearisation", he said.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence stepped up the US 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 Wang retorted: "The strategic dialogue was not called off by the Chinese".

"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. But that wasn't an advance on comments Trump made last month in NY, when he said he wanted to meet Kim "very soon".


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