China Tells the US to Stop Criticizing Beijing's Policies

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands during their historic summit in Singapore back in June

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Pyongyang this Sunday to meet briefly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on their denuclearization efforts.

In Pyongyang on Sunday, Pompeo and Kim met for about 3 1/2 hours, first in a business session and then in a 90-minute luncheon that the North Korean leader hosted at a state guesthouse.

The North's state media say Kim also believes the dialogue between the two countries would move forward, "based on the deep confidence" between himself and Trump. DPRK is the acronym for the country's official name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Since Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met in Singapore in June, US-North Korea relations have stalled.

"But with respect to our relationship with the Republic of Korea and Japan on this issue, I have found that we are in lockstep on the most important issues and how to approach them", Pompeo said.

Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang marked the fourth of its kind.

In Seoul, Pompeo said Kim is expected soon to name Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui as a counterpart for his new special envoy for North Korea, former Ford executive Stephen Biegun, who accompanied him on the trip.

North Korea's state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, featured eight photos of the meeting on its front page, including shots of Kim and Pompeo smiling and shaking hands, as well as some with Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong.

"We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit", Pompeo tweeted.

"Recently, as the US 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 interests, and has made groundless criticism of China's domestic and foreign policies", Wang said at a joint appearance with Pompeo.

North Korea so far has suspended nuclear and missile tests, freed three American prisoners and dismantled parts of a missile engine facility and tunnel entrances at a nuclear test site.

Before reporters were ushered from the room, Pompeo focused instead on what the two sides agreed on: the importance of denuclearizing of North Korea.

Pompeo also discussed additional denuclearization steps that the reclusive regime can take, as well as Washington's monitoring of the verification process and "corresponding measures", according to the presidential office.

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

Pompeo was hit by North Korean officials a few months ago as having a "gangster-like demand for denuclearization".

Pompeo did not specify when the summit will be or if Pyongyang has been ruled out as a location.

"I hope your trip to North Korea and the upcoming second US-North Korea summit will provide a good opportunity for achieving irreversible, decisive progress in terms of denuclearisation and the peace process on the Korean peninsula".

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