US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ready to allow worldwide inspectors into a key nuclear testing site, signaling a step forward in Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
Mr Pompeo said he wanted "a fully coordinated, unified view of how to proceed, which will be what is needed if we are going to be successful in denuclearising North Korea".
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walk together before their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sunday.
The restrictions for Pompeo's recent talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were voiced by his "old" diplomatic partner, Kim Yong-chol, a former North Korean spy chief who has been negotiating with the USA on nuclear issues. The North Korean leader said progress is being made in implementing the goals of the first summit, and he "expressed his gratitude to President Trump for making honest effort to this end", KCNA said.
"Most importantly, both the leaders believe there's real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit", Pompeo said.
"We demand that the U.S. side immediately stop its wrong actions and words".
Kim told Pompeo as they sat down, "It's a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries".
In Seoul, Pompeo told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Kim had agreed to have another summit "as soon as possible", according to a statement from Moon's office.
Saturday, Pompeo met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono about North Korea.
Pompeo also invoked the cancellation of a meeting between US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart, which was supposed to take place this month in Beijing.
Mr Pompeo, who met Mr Kim during a short trip to Pyongyang on Sunday, said the inspectors would visit a missile engine test facility and the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site as soon as the two sides agree on logistics. The meeting was apparently productive, and they even discussed another summit between Kim and President Trump, Reuters reported. "But we do think right that this is a place where ultimately some of these big hard issues have to be resolved by the nation's most senior leaders and hope to have those presented in a way that the two leaders can resolve them when they get together".
He briefed Wang on his visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), voiced the USA side's appreciation of China's consistent position on the Korean Peninsula and its efforts on denuclearization, and expressed a willingness to continue related cooperation.
Rising tensions have fueled concern in Beijing and Washington that the president's trade fight could, if left unchecked, foster a new Cold War between the two countries. US officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.
The secretary of state's previous trip to North Korea, in July, did not go so well.
Last month, Mr Putin invited Mr Kim to visit his country but details about where and when the talks could take place have yet to be decided.
"There is room for further reductions and I expect another one percentage point cut by the year-end", Xu added.