China tells Trump administration to stop its 'misguided' actions and allegations

Clay Curtis
October 9, 2018

Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit his country and believes he would be welcomed "enthusiastically", according to South Korean officials.

Kim is ready to invite worldwide experts to inspect the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, which Pyongyang invited global journalists to witness being demolished in May, according to Pompeo.

Asked whether Xi had declined a meeting because of disagreements between the two sides, Pompeo said: "I expect they'll also raise the issues that they're happy with".

Following his arrival in Seoul from Pyongyang on Sunday, Pompeo said at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he had "a good productive conversation" with Kim, in talks which represented "another step forward".

Pompeo said they came close to finalising a date and venue for the next Kim-Trump meeting. Without this access, intelligence agencies and other experts have had to rely on satellite images and scattered reports from sources inside the country in order to gauge whether or not there has actually been any progress.

The two countries have, however, been in a standoff over what the term denuclearisation means.

"The secretary directly addressed ‎areas where the United States and China do not agree, including on the South China Sea and human rights", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

The luxury new vehicle was spotted as the North Korean leader arrived at a summit with Mike Pompeo - in the face of United Nations sanctions banning trade with the hermit kingdom until it begins denuclearisation.

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Kim did not provide further details regarding any plans for the North Korean leader to formally invite to the Pope to North Korea.

Although freedom of religion is protected under North Korea's constitution, in practice worship is tightly controlled and limited to state-run institutions.

"Recently, as the USA side has been constantly escalating trade friction toward China, it has also adopted a series of actions on the Taiwan issue that harm China's rights, and has made groundless criticism of China's domestic and foreign policies".

"A new order is being created on the Korean Peninsula", Moon declared.

In July 2017, North Korea television aired footage of a traffic park, including go-carts or mini-vehicles, being driven by North Korean children.

Meanwhile, planning continues for a second summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump.

Meeting at the Diaoyutai Guest House, Wang told Pompeo that the United States has "stepped up rhetoric over trade tensions" after a raft of tit-for-tat tariffs on billion of dollars in U.S. and Chinese goods. The visit was the latest indication of deteriorating ties between the US and China, as the two sides tussle over everything from trade to Taiwan and the South China Sea. "Joint Communiques, stop official and military contact with Taiwan, revoke arms sales to Taiwan, stop unreasonable intervention in countries that have established or are hoping to establish relations with China, restrain "Taiwan independence" forces, so as to maintain China-U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait through practical actions", he said.

"For Asia, the severity of China-U.S. frictions is taking up much attention and is, to some extent, diluting attention paid to the Korean peninsula issue", it said.

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