Russian Federation is drawing up plans to host a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Moscow, according to the Kremlin. Trump said it resulted in a "special bond" between the two leaders and he was optimistic about a denuclearized future.
A senior U.S. official said getting a deal on denuclearisation is going to be a "long haul" in the immediate aftermath of Mr Pompeo's fourth visit to the isolated state's capital city. Kim's regime has said it wants to focus on more than just its nuclear program, and that it expects the U.S.to show some flexibility with its demands.
Pompeo and Wang did find common ground in opposing the nuclear threat from North Korea.
Pompeo also invoked the cancellation of a meeting between US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart, which was supposed to take place this month in Beijing.
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"We believe this has been a direct attack on our mutual trust, and has cast a shadow on China-U.S. relations", Wang said.
What did Pompeo and Kim agree to?
The exchange came as Pompeo arrived in the Chinese capital during an Asia trip focused on securing a disarmament deal with North Korea and maintaining global pressure against Kim Jong Un.
He briefed Wang on his visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), voiced the US side's appreciation of China's consistent position on the Korean Peninsula and its efforts on denuclearization, and expressed a willingness to continue related cooperation.
After meeting with Kim in Pyongyang on Sunday, Pompeo told journalists in Seoul that the leader had agreed to open up the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site to inspectors, according to a pool report.
Analysts say Washington may now consider new options as China, Russia and South Korea seek to relax sanctions.
In exchange, the United States would declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War - which concluded with an armistice rather than a peace treaty - but North Korea would stop short of delivering an exhaustive list of its nuclear facilities, she said. North Korea has shut it down in past negotiations - and then reopened it. US officials also made no reference to past statements about wrapping up denuclearization by 2021, a deadline that Trump and Pompeo have since backed away from.
A key issue highlighted by one former US official who has spoken to North Korean officials in recent months is that the definition Kim's regime has of denuclearization is far more expansive than it is for the U.S.