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Pompeo’s China visit marked by frosty talks and ‘fundamental disagreement’

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

Although the meeting only last two hours, Secretary Pompeo tweeted afterward, "Had a good trip to #Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim", noting the leaders "continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore summit".

While Kim's actions since have fallen short of Washington's demands, the Trump administration is preparing for a second summit. "After having a nice meeting we can enjoy a meal together", Kim told Mr Pompeo as they walked down a hallway toward a guesthouse dining room.

"The secretary directly addressed ‎areas where the United States and China do not agree, including on the South China Sea and human rights", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

North Korea has said they'd like to see Trump come meet Kim in Pyongyang; Pompeo said he couldn't answer whether that proposal has been ruled out.

Moon, himself a practicing Roman Catholic, is scheduled to make an official visit to the Vatican from October 17-18, where he will "seek to reconfirm blessings and support from the Vatican for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula" during discussions, the Blue House spokesperson said.

After a period of frosty ties, Kim Jong Un has visited China three times this year and traditional proclamations of friendship between the two neighbors have been resurrected. Moon will attend the Mass, the Vatican said.

But Pyongyang failed to keep its pledge to allow worldwide inspections of its demolition of the Punggye-ri site in May, fanning criticism that the move could be reversed. The 38 North project said last week that no dismantling activity had been spotted since August 3.

Some experts say that opening the Tongchang-ri or Punggye-ri sites for inspection could be a goodwill gesture but has little significance in quickening denuclearization. The statement did not provide further details.

"Kim Jong Un appreciated the positively developing situation on the Korean peninsula".

Before Kim Jong Un's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, established the North Korean regime, Pyongyang had more Christians than any other city on the peninsula and was widely known as the "Korean Jerusalem".

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.

But it made no mention of inspections.

"We urge the stop such misguided activities", Wang told Pompeo at the start of a meeting, citing the "escalation" of trade friction, actions towards Taiwan and "criticizing China's internal and external policies".

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

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's state newspaper, featured eight photos from the meeting.