Kim Jong-Un to Meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow

Larry Hoffman
October 10, 2018

After a previous visit to Pyongyang in July, Pompeo had said the two foes made progress on key issues - but within hours of his departure the North condemned "gangster-like" demands from the U.S., raising questions over how much the two sides really saw eye to eye.

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing.

Trump said that in terms of timing, the summit "won't be too far away", later telling reporters it would take place after the November 6 midterm elections.

He added it will be "probably a different location" than Singapore, where the two leaders held their first summit.

Pompeo, however, told a reporter traveling with him Monday that "we made significant progress".

The Foreign Ministry also slammed accusations as "ridiculous" that China was interfering in the upcoming USA polls by placing a paid four-page supplement in a local Iowa daily, which listed the economic costs of Mr. Trump's trade war.

Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang, his fourth this year, followed a stalemate as North Korea resisted Washington's demands for irreversible steps to give up its nuclear arsenal, including a complete inventory of its weapons and facilities.

During Pompeo's meeting in Pyongyang, Kim also invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to "confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled", the State Department said.

Notably Pompeo declined to comment about Yongbyon, the nuclear-fuel-production site that the US wants to see closed. It's also possible Pompeo wants to brief Trump - they are scheduled to have lunch on Tuesday - before any announcements are made. The 38 North project said last week that no dismantling activity had been spotted since August 3. The statement did not provide further details.

While the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told a news conference that broader tensions would not undermine cooperation on North Korea, Wang told Pompeo that the issue illustrated the importance of maintaining a working relationship.

"North Korea summit, Chairman Kim Jong Un's visit to Russian Federation and President Xi Jinping's visit to North Korea are expected to take place soon", Moon told a cabinet meeting.

Mr. Trump, tweeting from Washington shortly after Pompeo left North Korea, cited progress Pompeo had made on agreements he and Kim came to at their June meeting in Singapore and said, "I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future".

But it made no mention of inspections.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday he believed North Korea's Kim Jong Un would soon meet with the leaders of China and Russian Federation as part of an ongoing diplomatic effort to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Pompeo declined to comment on the status of talks over Yongbyon or the details of negotiations generally, saying "we're not going to talk about where we are in these negotiations, except for things we have agreed to release with the North Koreans".

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