Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump talks up second North Korea summit

Trump talks up second North Korea summit

Pompeo had separate meetings today with Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing.

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing, where the frosty tone of talks will raise worries about China's willingness help maintain a tough USA -led sanctions regime on North Korea.

China and the United States are at odds over trade and Beijing's militarization of islands it claims in the South China Sea.

Wrapping up a four-day trip to Pyongyang and Seoul in Beijing today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US and North Korea are "pretty close" to agreeing on logistics for a second summit between dictator Kim Jong-un and President Trump.

Wang said cooperation should be the only choice for China and the U.S., but denied Beijing was interfering in United States domestic affairs.

North Korea and the Vatican have no diplomatic relations. They said the North Korean leader appeared simply to be repackaging and dragging out past pledges.

In a snub, Chinese President Xi Jinping did not meet the visiting U.S. Secretary of State.

That stood in stark contrast to the North's reaction to Pompeo's previous visit to Pyongyang in July, after which the North said Pompeo had made "gangster-like demands", Reuters points out.

Before reporters were ushered from the room, Pompeo focused instead on what the two sides agreed on: the importance of denuclearizing of North Korea.

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North Korea strictly controls the religious activities of its people, and a similar invitation for then-Pope John Paul II to visit after a 2000 inter-Korean summit never resulted in a meeting.

Meanwhile, planning continues for a second summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump.

While Trump is seeking a second meeting with Kim - possibly ahead of the November 6 voting - he's sending Pence in his place to regional summits planned for next month in Singapore and Papua New Guinea. He and Biegun both said they expected meetings at the working level to begin soon and become quite frequent before the next summit.

Pope Francis is already set to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in October 18 for an audience at the Vatican Apostolic Palace, where Moon will personally deliver the invitation from Kim Jong Un.

Regardless of the push and pull and the apparent lack of a breakthrough, it was an improvement on Pompeo's visit three months ago, when Kim declined to meet him at all.

"On their soil also", Trump added.

Kim's push for greater global recognition is also aimed at softening his image and weakening the US-led "maximum pressure" campaign.

Moon also said there was a possibility of Kim holding a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Speaking to reporters en route to Japan, Mr Pompeo said the plan was to "develop options for both location and timing" for a second summit, although he doubted they would "get it nailed" down mostly due to scheduling and logistics issues.

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