Kim expected to meet 'soon' with leaders of China, Russia: Seoul

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

From the moment Secretary of State Michael Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang Sunday, North Korean officials made clear who was in control and how little space the top US diplomat would have setting the terms of the discussion that would follow.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi appealed to Pompeo to cease actions that Beijing sees as threatening its core interests, in order to avoid disrupting cooperation over North Korea and other issues.

The polite but edgy tone underscored the plunge in US-Chinese relations as the administration of President Donald Trump confronts Beijing over its technology policies and territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Still, Wang's remarks made clear that China was most concerned about recent US moves to improve ties with the democratically run island of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a province. "We demand that the USA side stop this kind of mistaken action". A second summit in the coming weeks could boost Trump ahead of USA midterm elections in November, but a failure to secure any measurable commitments would undercut what the president has seen so far as a clear foreign policy strength.

-China relations caused by recent trade and political disputes.

This visit in itself is considered extremely rare, . especially with the ongoing trade tensions between the two countries.

"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.

"We have great concerns over the actions that China has taken and I look forward to having the opportunity to discuss each of those today because this is an incredibly important relationship".

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. "I am stating a fact".

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In May, North Korea blew up tunnels at Punggye-ri and called this proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing, but a senior White House official accused Pyongyang at the time of breaking a promise to allow experts to witness dismantlement of the site, which meant there was no one there to verify what actually occurred.

He also expressed his hope of facilitating communication and cooperation with China on major worldwide and regional issues.

On Monday, Pompeo wrapped up his three-day East Asia tour aimed at pressing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up his country's nuclear weapons and long-range missile programmes.

Pompeo wished Xi a happy birthday when the two met on a trip to Beijing in June.

He met with senior Communist Party foreign affairs official Yang Jiechi, who recalled that Beijing has lodged official protests with the United States to express its "dissatisfaction" over a series of USA actions.

"China is committed to developing good relations with the United States, meanwhile, China will firmly safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests", Wang stressed. "We hope the U.S. and China will be on the same page". "The most important lesson is that cooperation leads to win-win results while conflict ends up with a loss for both sides".

Before reporters were ushered from the room, Pompeo focused instead on what the two sides agreed on: the importance of denuclearising of North Korea. North Korea has shut it down in past negotiations - and then reopened it. US officials also made no reference to past statements about wrapping up denuclearization by 2021, a deadline that Trump and Pompeo have since backed away from. According to the former official, the North Korean diplomats told him that denuclearization for them refers to a process by which the USA also reduces its nuclear weapons, possibly worldwide.

After spending about five hours in Beijing, Pompeo headed for the airport to return to Washington.

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