Pompeo: North Korea ready to invite inspectors to nuclear site

Pompeo: North Korea ready to invite inspectors to nuclear site

The US secretary of state and his Chinese counterpart exchanged acrimonious remarks at a meeting in Beijing today as they sought to apportion blame for a rapid deterioration in relations between the two superpowers. Trump also approved a weapons sale to Taiwan, the self-ruled island the Communist mainland claims as its own territory, and sanctioned a Chinese company and its leader over an arms purchase from Russian Federation.

The Trump administration last month hit China with tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products, and Beijing retaliated by imposing tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.

The two officials also discussed the possibility of the U.S. monitoring Pyongyang's steps towards denuclearisation, the South Korean President's office said on Sunday.

During the meeting in Beijing, Wang said China and the United States should strengthen cooperation on North Korea.

"We require that the USA stop such misguided actions", he said, adding that the two countries should pursue cooperation "and not descend into conflict and confrontation".

Pompeo wished Xi a happy birthday when the two met on a trip to Beijing in June.

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

China's foreign minister argued the U.S.is responsible for escalating trade conflicts.

Pompeo held talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, before landing in Seoul on a whirlwind diplomatic visit to the region.

Pompeo said they came close to finalising a date and venue for the next Kim-Trump meeting. Thank you for hosting, President Trump sends his regards.

Last week, US Vice-President Mike Pence made a series of allegations on every aspect of China-US relations. "We'll continue to make significant progress and we are further along in making that progress than any administration in an awfully long time".

At last month's inter-Korean summit, the North expressed its willingness to close the Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington takes corresponding action, which Moon said would include a declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Since Trump and Kim met, US-North Korea relations have stalled.

Mr Pompeo said he wanted "a fully coordinated, unified view of how to proceed, which will be what is needed if we are going to be successful in denuclearising North Korea". "We will be having more frequent and higher level working level group discussions than we have had in some time".

"We are starting to see a first wave of actions we can take on all four pillars of the Singapore communique", said Biegun.

Moon also said the North will "permanently dismantle" its missile engine testing site and launch platform in the northwestern town of Tongchang-ri in the presence of experts from "concerned countries".

Pompeo landed in Pyongyang on Sunday morning to meet Kim after visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday in Tokyo.

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