Japan trying to arrange Abe-Trump talks before US-North Korea summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen at Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone South Korea on April 27

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen at Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone South Korea on April 27. AP

Pompeo said he had told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of that hope during his brief visit to Pyongyang earlier this week, during which he finalized details of the upcoming June 12 summit between Kim and President Donald Trump and secured the release of three Americans imprisoned in the country.

The US would be "prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends", he told reporters on Friday.

At the meeting with Trump, the prime minister intends to reach a common understanding with the USA president on how to handle the nuclear and missile issue and again request that he raise the abduction issue.

China looks forward to positive results from the meeting, said the spokesperson, adding that important steps must be taken to promote the denuclearization of the peninsula through political solutions to realize long-term stability in the region.

However, his comments made clear that the two sides remained far apart on the key issue of what they mean by denuclearisation.

North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the United States brought exchanges of bellicose rhetoric between Trump and Kim previous year that raised fears of a new war on the Korean peninsula.

"We had good conversations, conversations that involve deep complex problems, challenges, strategic decisions that chairman Kim has before him", Pompeo said.

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The North plans to invite journalists from the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and Britain to inspect the process, the statement said. It has close diplomatic and defense ties with the USA and yet is also familiar ground for North Korea, with which it established diplomatic relations in 1975.

He said its policy was now "to concentrate all efforts into economic progress", but stressed that this had nothing to do with worldwide sanctions imposed on the country. "We are not going to do this in small increments, where the world is essentially coerced into relieving economic pressure", Pompeo said.

"Our policy is to ensure the complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

"Singapore has a relationship with both the United States and North Korea", Mr Shah told journalists on Thursday aboard Air Force One, which was taking Mr Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence to IN for a public rally.

Pompeo, describing his conversations with Kim as "warm", said he and the North Korean leader reached "a pretty good understanding between our two countries about what the shared objectives are". The issue will not be put on the table when Trump and Kim meet as it concerns the bilateral alliance, she said.

Singapore is the best alternative option for both nations because it has maintained close diplomatic ties to the U.S., and has also established relations with North Korea, with a North Korean Embassy on its soil. "It will make it more hard for Kim Jong Un to deny inspections now that he has placed them on the table".

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