Second Trump-Kim summit to take place 'at earliest date'

Second Trump-Kim summit to take place 'at earliest date'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ready to allow worldwide inspectors into the North's nuclear and missile testing sites, one of the main sticking points over an earlier denuclearization pledge.

The North Korean leader also invited inspectors to visit the nuclear test site that was destroyed back in May to "confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled".

"I am really pleased for this opportunity".

The North has accused Washington of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on denuclearization and has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks. USA officials have thus far said sanctions will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

"Most importantly, both the leaders believe there's real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit", Pompeo said. "So this is, I think, a good outcome for all of us", Pompeo said. President Trump sends his regards. He also pledged that during his meeting with Kim on Sunday, he would raise the cases of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea.

Moon has been enthusiastic about a peace process with North Korea: Last month, the two Korean leaders held their third-ever meeting, the first meeting to take place outside the demilitarized zone. Pompeo did not meet Kim on that trip.

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Trump has appeared keen on a second summit with Kim, even though recent North Korean statements have suggested the two sides are far from narrowing their differences. On that occasion, he did not meet Kim.

An official accompanying the delegation who declined to be named said the trip had gone "better than the last time" but added that it is going to be a "long haul", according to a pool report from the lone USA journalist who accompanied Pompeo to Pyongyang.

Moon expressed hopes that Pompeo's trip and the proposed second meeting between Kim and Trump would make "irreversible, decisive progress in terms of denuclearisation as well as the peace process".

Pompeo has repeatedly refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a US position on North Korea's demand for a declared end to the Korean War and a proposal from Seoul for such a declaration to be accompanied by a shutdown of its main known nuclear facility. North Korea had committed to this previously but has been resistant to allowing global inspectors to visit sites it has claimed have been dismantled.

Nauert also said she could not comment much further on the goal of Pompeo's time in China. "If there is a second meeting, they are pretty sure that they can get more out of Trump than just dealing with administrations officials, including Pompeo".

While North Korea blew up the entrances of the tunnels in May and removed the diagnostic equipment, the shafts could be reopened or new tunnels could be excavated if Kim chose to restart underground test blasts, he said.

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"South Korea seems overly eager to improve relations and offer benefits to North Korea without requiring commensurate progress in reducing the North Korean security threat", said Klinger.

North and South Korea want a "phased" approach with Pyongyang rewarded as it it happens. US officials have maintained, however, that verified denuclearization remains a precondition for sanctions relief. The North has rejected that and South Korea has suggested it may not be a necessary next step.

Pompeo will be in Tokyo Saturday and Sunday and has already met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe there.

Also on Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he expects Kim to travel to Russian Federation and for Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit North Korea soon amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear crisis.

Pompeo and Kim also agreed to instruct their respective working-level teams to meet soon to intensify discussions on the key remaining issues to deliver on the Singapore Summit Joint Statement.

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