Kim Jong-Un invites Pope Francis to visit North Korea
Kim Jong-Un invites Pope Francis to visit North Korea
SUSAN WALSH APKim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands during their historic summit in Singapore back in June
09 October, 2018, 21:54
Russian, Chinese, and North Korean officials are now meeting in Moscow to discuss denuclearization and North Korea's diplomatic opening to South Korea. "We also need to clarify facts about the history of China-U.S. relations".
Trump met Kim in Singapore in June for the first-ever summit between the two countries, resulting in what critics say was only a vague commitment by the North Korean leader towards denuclearisation.
"President Moon had said the Pyongyang summit must receive the support of the global community, and suggested [inviting the pope] would be one way" of earning trust, a South Korean presidential Blue House source told Hankyoreh.
Pompeo told a reporter travelling with him on Monday that "we made significant progress".
"Moon will deliver this message from the Pyongyang leader when he meets the Pope", the spokesperson said, adding that the South Korean leader will also seek the Vatican's support for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
China and the United States have also been at odds over trade and Beijing's militarization of islands it claims as its own in the South China Sea.
Trump emphasised the rapport he says he's developed with the North Korean leader as they negotiate over U.S. demands that Kim abandon his country's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. So if President Trump is going to strike a deal with North Korea, this is when he's going to get the best terms.
But the senior US official said the United States still expected cooperation with Beijing on efforts to denuclearize North Korea, whose chief ally is China.
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. On that occasion, he did not meet with Kim.
"President Trump is very close to losing control", he said.
The KCNA said that Kim also expressed "will" and "conviction" to make progress on issues of mutual concern, apparently indicating the denuclearization talks that have nearly been stalled since the June summit in Singapore.
KCNA said "there was an agreement on the issue of holding the working negotiation for the second DPRK-U.S. summit talks as early as possible, and relevant procedure-related issues and ways were also discussed".
"As soon as we get it logistically worked out, Chairman Kim said he's ready" to "allow them to come in", and once the arrangements are made "we'll put them on the ground", Pompeo said.
The North has accused Washington of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on denuclearization and has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks.
"The supreme leader expressed his will and conviction that a great progress would surely be made in solving the issues of utmost concern of the world and in attaining the goal set forth at the last talks with the projected second DPRK-U.S. summit talks as an occasion", KCNAreported.
The Vatican did not comment on the possibility of a papal visit.
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