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US, Kim ‘take new step forward’ in fresh meeting

US, Kim ‘take new step forward’ in fresh meeting

Though the Vatican confirmed their receipt at the time of an official invitation delivered on behalf of Kim Jong Il by the South Korean ambassador in Rome, the Pope did not in the end travel to North Korea.

Tensions are rising: US and Chinese destroyers had a near-miss in the South China Sea recently near Gaven Reef, part of the disputed Spratly archipelago where China has developed military outposts.

"During the meeting with Pope Francis, he (Moon) will relay the message from chairman Kim Jong Un that he would ardently welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang", Moon's spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, told reporters.

The possibility of a summit between Kim and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is also "open", Moon said, adding: "A new order is being created on the Korean peninsula".

"Most importantly, both the leaders believe there is real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit and so we are going to get it at a time that works for each of the two leaders and at a place that works for both of them", he said.

In South Korea, Pompeo appeared alongside President Moon Jae-in, who said the world wanted to know the results of the Pyongyang meeting, "so if the secretary can disclose the results, please tell us".

Those disagreements - a burgeoning trade war, China's territorial claims in the South China Sea and US policy toward Taiwan - are unlikely to be resolved any time soon.

Trump emphasised the rapport he says he's developed with the North Korean leader as they negotiate over USA demands that Kim abandon his country's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.




North Korea's reported overture comes a few weeks after the Vatican signed a landmark deal with Communist China, North Korea's closest ally, over bishop nominations, aimed at ending decades of tensions that contributed to dividing the Chinese church and hampered efforts at improving relations between China and the Vatican.

North Korea took apart the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast in May but has yet to allow global observers into the site to verify its claims.

Unlike when he last visited Beijing in June, Mr Pompeo did not meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Since the summit, the archbishop said he has met with Francis.

"The secretary directly addressed ‎areas where the United States and China do not agree, including on the South China Sea and human rights", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Kim expressed enthusiasm for the future of talks between the two nations.

When asked for a date on the inspection, Pompeo responded, "As soon as we get it logistically worked out".

"Separately from the second U.S". According to the former official, the North Korean diplomats told him that denuclearization for them refers to a process by which the US also reduces its nuclear weapons, possibly worldwide.


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