Pompeo’s China visit marked by frosty talks and ‘fundamental disagreement’

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands during their historic summit in Singapore back in June

SUSAN WALSH APKim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands during their historic summit in Singapore back in June

At least, a US official traveling with Pompeo said, the visit to North Korea went better than Pompeo's previous trip, which ended with a North Korean statement accusing him of making "gangster-like" demands.

"These actions have affected the mutual trust between both sides, and have cast a shadow over the prospects for China-U.S. relations, which completely go against the interest of our two peoples". This time Pompeo met Kim twice - once for negotiations and then for a working lunch on the bucolic grounds of the guest house where Pompeo's staff was installed for the day.

He wouldn't be specific but said he and Kim had agreed to soon begin working-level talks on the nuts and bolts of denuclearization and on the placement of global inspectors at one of North Korea's main nuclear facilities, and had come close to finalizing a date and venue for the next Kim-Trump summit.

President Trump and Chairman Kim held an historic summit on June 12.

Stephen Biegun, new USA nuclear envoy who was accompanying the secretary, said he offered on Sunday to meet his counterpart, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, "as soon as possible" and they were in discussion over specific dates and location.

"We demand the USA stop the unwarranted accusations and wrongdoings against China immediately", the top Chinese diplomat said, adding that the two countries should pursue cooperation "and not descend into conflict and confrontation".

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing.

Pompeo tweeted Monday that he was heading to China to work on a "final, fully-verified" denuclearization of North Korea.

Pompeo and Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted the schism after the chief U.S. diplomat arrived in Beijing on the final leg of an Asian trip focused on North Korea's nuclear issue. While significant work remains to be done, he said he expected further results after an as-yet unscheduled second summit between Kim and President Trump.

Pompeo is on the last stop of a four-leg Asian tour that began in Japan and is scheduled to end in China on Monday. A new order on the Korean Peninsula is being formed.

The North Korean leader has yet to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has previously invited Kim to Moscow.

"Separately from the second U.S".

Speaking to the press, Pompeo said that inspectors would be allowed at the site "as soon as we get it logistically worked out".

"North Korea took some steps towards denuclearisation and the USA will face criticism from the worldwide community if it continues to demand complete denuclearisation without any lifting of sanctions", said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.

Trump canceled Pompeo's planned trip to Pyongyang in August, citing little evidence that North Korea had followed through on any of its commitments to denuclearize.

One clear victor from the diplomatic back-and-forth in recent months is Kim: The North Korean leader derives enormous domestic benefit from being seen as a respected head of state meeting with a US president and his top deputies, and not just the dictator of a rogue, isolated regime.

The US diplomat also met with Xi during a similar trip to the region in June.

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

In an interview with the Washington Post, she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site.

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