Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'

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

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited "fundamental" disagreement with China's foreign minister amid rising tensions between the two nations.

Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, said trade disputes, challenges to Chinese sovereignty and criticism of Beijing's domestic and foreign policy had harmed relations. China and the United States are at odds over trade and Beijing's militarization of islands it claims in the South China Sea.

Pompeo appeared alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who said a second US-North Korea summit would provide a chance to take "a decisive step forward in the denuclearization and peace process on the Korean Peninsula".

Earlier this year, the USA and North Korea began talks over Mr Kim's controversial nuclear weapons programme.

"While the U.S. side has constantly escalated trade frictions with China, it has also taken actions regarding Taiwan that harm China's core interests", Wang said.

The trip was the latest turn in a diplomatic saga that saw Trump and Kim threaten each other with nuclear war previous year only for them to hold their historic summit in Singapore. -North Korean summit to take place soon.

Pompeo told reporters in Pyongyang the two "had a great, great visit" and that Trump sent his regards.

Moon also said the North will "permanently dismantle" its missile engine testing site and launch platform in the northwestern town of Tongchang-ri in the presence of experts from "concerned countries".

He also expressed gratitude towards Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreements that were made in their previous summit in June.

DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In Tokyo, Pompeo told Abe that the US wanted to work closely on nuclear talks and that he would raise with the North Koreans the issue of Japanese abductees held for decades by the regime.

Wang said Pompeo proposed his visit to China and the Chinese side was willing to arrange meetings.

On a more positive note, Wang said China was still willing to solve the trade dispute with the USA through negotiations, "but they must be conducted on an equal, honest and serious basis".

"It's a long process", Pompeo told a small group of reporters in the South Korean capital of Seoul, where he traveled after meeting with Kim in Pyongyang on Sunday.

The latest comments from the Kremlin come after a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to North Korea.

In a summit in April, the leaders of South and North Korea agreed to cooperate in declaring an end to the war this year, saying that they will seek multilateral talks involving the U.S. and possibly China.

Pompeo identified Punggye-ri as one of the testing sites mentioned in their conversations.

In Pompeo's last trip to Pyongyang in July, North Korea denounced him for making "gangster-like demands".

Trump met Kim in Singapore in June for the first-ever summit between the two countries, resulting in what critics say was only a vague commitment by Kim towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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