North Korea to ‘Ardently Welcome’ the Pope

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed denuclearisation steps to be taken by the North

Hours after President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, China responded with its own levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. products.

US Department of State spokeswoman Heather Nauert seconded the "unified" approach toward the North, but cited "areas where the United States and China do not agree, including on the South China Sea and human rights". Trump said on Twitter that, "Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements!"

The U.S. says denuclearization means North Korea giving up its weapons.

South Korean diplomats at the Vatican said it is hard to predict whether Francis will accept the chance to go to Pyongyang, Yonhap reported Tuesday.

"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. "Today, it is time for the United States to accept a different and powerful China, no matter how uncomfortable it will be for the United States", he said.

Kim said the bilateral dialogue would continue to develop "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders", and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreement made at their June summit, KCNA said. He and Biegun both said they expected meetings at the working level to begin soon and become quite frequent before the next summit.

Speaking during a briefing detailing President Moon's schedule for his trip to several European countries next week, he said Moon will convey a message he took as an invitation from Kim Jong Un "warmly welcoming the Pope to visit Pyongyang".

"We demand that the USA side stop this kind of mistaken action", he said. So if President Trump is going to strike a deal with North Korea, this is when he's going to get the best terms.

During Mr Pompeo's last visit to Pyongyang in July, he was denounced for making "gangster-like demands".

Pompeo tweeted after the meeting, "Had a good trip to #Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim". Moon said on Monday that he expects Kim to visit Russian Federation soon and possibly hold a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Kim said progress is being made implementing the decisions he reached with Trump in Singapore in June, according to KCNA, and expressed his gratitude to Trump, adding that agreement had been reached to hold a second summit "as soon as possible".

Pompeo said they came close to finalising a date and venue for the next Kim-Trump meeting.

During last month's summit, Kim also reaffirmed efforts to ease military tension on the flashpoint peninsula but remained vague on measures on how to dismantle his widely-feared atomic arsenal. According to the former official, the North Korean diplomats told him that denuclearization for them refers to a process by which the US also reduces its nuclear weapons, possibly worldwide.

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