Pompeo visit to China kicks off with frosty exchange

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before a meeting in Beijing on Monday.

He told Moon that North will invite an inspection team to confirm the dismantlement of its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, the spokesman said.

Commenting on Pompeo's meeting with Kim, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Kim was expected to visit Russian Federation soon.

Another planned trip by Pompeo to Pyongyang was scrapped after what Trump said was insufficient progress towards implementing the terms of the Singapore declaration.

A meeting of top U.S. and Chinese diplomats in Beijing to discuss North Korean nuclear disarmament has got off to a frosty start.

Pompeo did not have a scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a fact that a senior U.S. State Department official on the trip said was not odd, even though top U.S. officials often meet Chinese heads of state on visits.

The KCNA said that Kim explained in detail the "proposals" meant to resolve the denuclearization issue and other matters, adding that the leader and Pompeo also exchanged "constructive" views on relevant matters. "We made significant progress".

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.

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.

Meanwhile, Secretary Pompeo urged China to set aside their aggression over trade in order to help foster relations with North Korea. It came amid expectations that his meeting with leader Kim could provide momentum to get the denuclearization process going again after a monthslong stalemate over how to rid the North of its nuclear weapons program.

They also said the two sides agreed to hold a second round of negotiations between the United States and North Korea as early as possible. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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The meeting was apparently productive, and they even discussed another summit between Kim and President Trump, Reuters reported.

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

Kim "expressed his gratitude to President Trump for making honest effort" to implement the Singapore agreement, according a report on the Pompeo visit by North Korea's state news agency KCNA. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.

"We believe this has been a direct attack on our mutual trust, and has cast a shadow on China-U.S. relations", he continued.

It added that there was an agreement to hold working-level talks to arrange a second summit between Kim and Trump.

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