Pompeo says Kim 'ready' to invite inspectors to nuclear site

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

Pompeo's retort came after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accused the USA on Monday of escalating trade disputes, interfering on Taiwan and meddling in the country's domestic affairs.

As Pyongyang continues to take big diplomatic strides, analysts say the USA may soon be pushed into a corner to relax sanctions.

Given how short the visit was, Pompeo wasn't expected to be able to resolve critical issues over getting North Korea to disarm or make much progress on a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War. "We also need to clarify facts about the history of China-U.S. relations".

Pompeo said it is important for the two allies to have a "fully coordinated, unified view of how to proceed, which will be what is needed if we are going to be successful on denuclearizing North Korea".

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence stepped up the US pressure campaign against Beijing, going beyond the trade war by accusing China of both "malign" efforts to undermine President Donald Trump ahead of next month's congressional elections and of reckless military action in the South China Sea.

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 unusual, even though top U.S. officials often meet Chinese heads of state on visits.

Pompeo and Kim had "a good meeting", Trump tweeted, adding: "I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future".

North Korea took apart the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast in May but has yet to allow worldwide observers into the site to verify its claims. The Pontiff has said he wants to visit Japan next year. "This speaks to the fact that two major powers and permanent members of the UN Security Council need to and should increase communication and cooperation, taking on responsibilities in worldwide society".

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

His comments came at the start of a meeting with Pompeo at the Chinese capital's Diaoyutai Guest House.

"For Chinese people, kindness and hatred are clearly distinguished", Zhu Feng, dean of the School of International Relations at Nanjing University said in a piece in the Guangming Daily newspaper Monday, under the headline "China's modernization is not a gift from the United States".

Yang said China and the US must expand political cooperation to achieve mutual aims.

Wang's remarks made clear that China is most concerned about USA moves to improve ties with Taiwan.

North Korea denounced Pompeo on his previous trip to Pyongyang in July for making "gangster-like demands".

Wang and Pompeo met after US Vice President Mike Pence delivered a searing speech on Thursday accusing China of military aggression, commercial theft and rising human rights violations as he cast the Communist regime as a villain bent on interfering in upcoming US elections.

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