North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expected to visit Russian Federation soon

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expected to visit Russian Federation soon

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expected to visit Russian Federation soon

Such an approach to security is not something new for North Korea.

Kim "expressed his gratitude to President Trump for making honest effort" to implement the Singapore agreement, according a report on the Pompeo visit by North Korea's state news agency KCNA.

In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Kim had invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-Ri test site in order to confirm that it had been dismantled.

"It's a very nice day that promises a good future", Kim said, "for both countries".

But since the Singapore summit, the road towards warmer ties has been bumpy. While the leaders signed a vague agreement to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the two sides have bickered over the pace and sequence of steps to achieve that goal".

The US is pushing for a "final, fully verified denuclearisation" but North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told the United Nations general assembly in September there was "no way" his country would disarm first as long as tough US sanctions remained against his country.

Pompeo and Kim made "significant progress" in "a long process" to denuclearize North Korea and "will continue to make significant progress and we are further along in making that progress than any administration in an awfully long time", he said.

"But with respect to our relationship with the Republic of Korea and Japan on this issue, I have found that we are in lockstep on the most important issues and how to approach them", Pompeo said.

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In a more upbeat note, Pyongyang's state media said on Monday Kim lauded his talks with Pompeo, where Kim "explained in detail the proposals for solving the denuclearisation issue".

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before a meeting in Beijing on Monday.

Since the denuclearization effort got underway with a secret visit to the North by then-CIA chief Pompeo in April, there has been only limited progress, even since the June 12 Trump-Kim summit that many had hoped would jump-start the effort.

Pompeo has refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a USA position on North Korea's demand for a formal end to the Korean War and a proposal from Seoul for such a declaration to be accompanied by a shutdown of the North's main known nuclear facility.

Analysts say Washington may now consider new options as China, Russia and South Korea seek to relax sanctions.

In a summit in April, the leaders of South and North Korea agreed to cooperate in declaring an end to the war this year, saying that they will seek multilateral talks involving the USA and possibly China.

North Korea is ready to allow global inspectors into its nuclear and missile sites.

China's foreign minister argued the responsible for escalating trade conflicts. Pompeo did not meet Kim on that trip.

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