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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, criticised America for imposing tariffs on Chinese goods and for accusing Beijing of interfering in USA politics.

Pompeo also visited Japan and South Korea, where he said Monday in Seoul that there had been "significant progress" toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to visit Pyongyang in a gesture created to highlight peace efforts on the Korean peninsula, South Korea's presidential office has said.

The US should cease military contacts and halt further arms sales to Taiwan, and it should stop interfering with Chinese efforts to establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan's diplomatic allies, he said.

He wouldn't be specific but said he and Kim had agreed to soon begin working-level talks on the nuts and bolts of denuclearization and on the placement of global inspectors at one of North Korea's main nuclear facilities, and had come close to finalizing a date and venue for the next Kim-Trump summit.

The unprecedented summit served as a platform for the two leaders to discuss denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

The secretary of state's previous trip to North Korea, in July, did not go so well. "Timing won't be too far away", he said.

Pompeo said that despite obvious differences on many issues between the two sides, the United States does not mean to oppose China's development, and there is no policy to fully contain China.

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During the most recent summit between Korean leaders in September, Kim told Moon that he would "greatly welcome" the Pope to Pyongyang, according to South Korea's presidential office. We'd love to remove them, but we have to get something for doing it'.

The dovish Moon, who held three summits with Kim this year and also brokered the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, said Sunday the "whole world" was watching with keen interest the outcomes of Pompeo's trip.

Mr Moon said he hoped that Mr Pompeo's visit and a second US-North Korea summit would provide a chance to take "a decisive step forward in the denuclearisation and peace process on the Korean Peninsula".

They also said the two sides agreed to hold a second round of negotiations between the USA and North Korea as early as possible.

Pope Francis is already set to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in October 18 for an audience at the Vatican Apostolic Palace, where Moon will personally deliver the invitation from Kim Jong Un.

'Now, we haven't removed sanctions, as you know.

According to notes from Mr Pompeo's early Sunday visit to Pyongyang - the secretary's fourth - Mr Pompeo and Kim emerged from their meeting and had lunch together before Mr Pompeo left for South Korea. "The suffering of the division is great, and I understand this and pray that it ends".

While Mr Kim's actions since have fallen short of Washington's demands, the Trump administration is preparing for a second summit.

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