Kim Jong Un 'wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea'

North Korean government North Korean leader Kim Jong Un center left and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walk together before their meeting in Pyongyang North Korea Sunday Oct. 7 2018. Pompeo said that he and Kim

Peskov's statement was evidently prompted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang this weekend to pave the way for another Trump-Kim summit.

Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said Sunday, after Washington's top diplomat held "productive" talks on denuclearisation with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.

Pompeo said he's "hopeful" global inspectors would soon be allowed on select sites associated with North Korea's missile and nuclear program, and didn't comment on Pyongyang's insistence that inspectors would be allowed into the Yongbyon site only if the USA took corresponding measures.

Pompeo said this could happen "as soon as we get it logistically worked out", adding: "Chairman Kim said he's ready to allow them to come in".

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", he said at a press conference in South Korea' Seoul.

Regardless of the push and pull and the apparent lack of a breakthrough, it was an improvement on Pompeo's visit three months ago, when Kim declined to meet him at all.

The secretary of state's previous trip to North Korea, in July, did not go so well.

North Korea's nuclear test center was completely dismantled in accordance with the decision of the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 7th General Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang May 24, 2018.

Another planned trip by Pompeo to Pyongyang was scrapped after what Trump said was insufficient progress towards implementing the terms of the Singapore declaration.

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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.

Moon said a second Trump-Kim summit could be accompanied by major diplomatic developments that could contribute to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and stabilizing peace.

Wang said the United States has been escalating trade tensions between the two sides and dealt with Taiwan in a way China finds objectionable.

The trade war between China and the U.S. is however being seen as a barrier to co-operation in the North Korean crisis.

Weakening support for US -led sanctions - from countries including Russian Federation and China, but also South Korea - has also led to a growing sense that Pompeo is spending more and more of his time just trying to keep existing restrictions in place.

But Kim Il Sung, the North's late founding leader and the current ruler's grandfather, viewed Christianity as a threat to his authoritarian rule and eradicated it through executions and labour camps.

But post-summit nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States got off to a rocky start, with the North accusing Washington of making "gangster-like" unilateral demands for denuclearization, and calling for sanctions to be lifted before any further progress in nuclear talks. "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.

Yang said China and the US must expand political cooperation to achieve mutual aims.

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