Kim Jong-Un invites Pope Francis to visit North Korea

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

On Sunday, Pompeo met Kim during a trip to Pyongyang, his fourth visit to the country this year.

On the plane ride back to Rome, he expressed hope that the divisions would be overcome, saying "the two Koreas are brothers, they speak the same language".

"A new order is being created on the Korean Peninsula", Moon declared.

"It's a long process", Pompeo told reporters Monday. "We made significant progress".

China will take necessary measures to safeguard its rights and interests, Yang said.

That makes any focus on a second Trump-Kim summit misguided, Klingner of Heritage said.

The North Korean leader also invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test facility, which Pyongyang took apart in May, "to confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled", the State Department said. That site was dismantled in May before a crowd of journalists, not nuclear experts. Pompeo was in Tokyo for talks with Japanese officials ahead of his trip to North Korea. It's also possible Pompeo wants to brief Trump - they are scheduled to have lunch on Tuesday - before any announcements are made. Moon said on Monday that he expects Kim to visit Russian Federation soon and possibly hold a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements!" "At some point, when Chairman Kim makes that decision, I think he's going to unleash something that's going to be spectacular, really spectacular".

It added that there was an agreement to hold working-level talks to arrange a second summit between Kim and Trump.

Notably Pompeo declined to comment about Yongbyon, the nuclear-fuel-production site that the US wants to see closed.

"President Trump is very close to losing control", he said.

It is reportedly the same plane that transported Kim's limousine and personal effects to Singapore for his meeting with President Trump.

North Korea strictly controls the religious activities of its people, and a similar invitation for then-Pope John Paul II to visit after a 2000 inter-Korean summit never resulted in a meeting.

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"Recently, as the USA 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.

Mr Moon has said he expects Mr Kim to visit Russian Federation soon and possibly meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, although he has not commented on the likelihood of the Pope travelling to Pyongyang.

Kim has been intensely engaged in diplomacy in recent months in what's seen as an effort to leverage his nuclear weapons program for an easing of economic sanctions and military pressure. The North has rejected that and South Korea has suggested it may not be a necessary next step.

The first lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-sook, participated in the Mass with Korean bishops as a part of the festivities.

"Recently, as the USA 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.

Unlike a trip in June, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) did not grant Pompeo an audience.

The Vatican had no immediate comment on the North Korean leader's invite.

Last week, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made a series of allegations, including accusing Beijing of attempting to interfere with the November congressional elections.

But this time, the North Korean reaction to the talks was much more positive.

North K0rea's definition of nuclear disarmament to this date has included an insistence that the US also disarm.

The mystery for analysts and observers remains how much more may be going on behind the scenes than USA officials are admitting publicly.

"I will tell you they're calling, wanting to go there and wanting to invest", Trump said.

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