Mike Pompeo Says North Korea Ready To Let Inspectors Into Nuclear Sites

Mike Pompeo Says North Korea Ready To Let Inspectors Into Nuclear Sites

Pompeo, who was briefing Wang following his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said, "The issues that you characterized, we have a fundamental disagreement".

The Sunday stop in Pyongyang was Pompeo's first chance to introduce his special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, to leaders there.

"Expressing the belief that the dialogue and negotiations between the DPRK and the US based on the deep confidence between the top leaders of the two countries would continue to develop favorably in the future, too, and a good program for the 2nd DPRK-US summit talks would be provided sooner or later, the Supreme Leader said good-bye to the US secretary of State", the KCNA said in English.

In an early Monday dispatch, KCNA called the talks "productive and wonderful" and said "mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged".

"Kim Jong Un appreciated the positively developing situation on the Korean peninsula".

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that "Chairman Kim invited inspectors to visit the Punggye Ri nuclear test site to confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled".

But since the Singapore summit, the road towards warmer ties has been bumpy.

Last month, the North's foreign minister told the United Nations there was "no way" his country would disarm first as long as tough USA sanctions remain against his country.

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She also said at the end of September that a "No Deal" exit from the bloc would be better for the nation than a bad deal. But officials have been meeting behind the scenes before a key summit in Brussels on October 17 and 18.

"It's a long process", Pompeo told a small group of reporters in the South Korean capital of Seoul, where he traveled after meeting with Kim in Pyongyang on Sunday.

Following his arrival in Seoul from Pyongyang on Sunday, Pompeo said at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he had "a good productive conversation" with Kim, in talks which represented "another step forward".

Trump and Kim held an historic first summit in Singapore in June.

A stalemate followed with the two countries struggling to agree over the exact terms of the vaguely worded deal secured in Singapore, with the United States calling for a "final, fully verified denuclearisation" of North Korea, while Pyongyang says more trust is needed. Japan has been wary of the initiative, but South Korea has embraced it. "We made significant progress".

In recent weeks, USA officials have pointed to a recent meeting in Pyongyang between Kim and Moon, when North Korea committed to dismantling a missile-engine-testing site and raised the possibility of doing the same at its Yongbyon nuclear-enrichment facility.

US officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

"We hope the United States and China can meet each other halfway and conscientiously fulfil the important consensus reached by the leaders of both countries", Yang said. -Chinese relations as the administration of President Donald Trump confronts Beijing over its technology policies and territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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