A report in 2014 by the United Nations Human Rights Council concluded that hundreds of South Koreans, Japanese and other foreign nationals were kidnapped by North Korea after the end of the Korean War in 1953.
"For Asia, the severity of China-U.S. frictions is taking up much attention and is, to some extent, diluting attention paid to the Korean peninsula issue", it said.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Monday that Putin extended an invitation to Kim last month to visit Russia, and that Moscow is working on the details of where and when that meeting could happen. Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim had "warmly welcomed" Pompeo in Pyongyang and "spoke highly of him".
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.
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.
The North Korean leader is said to have expressed his desire for the pontiff to make the trip to Pyongyang during his latest summit with South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in last month.
Before they turned the page on decades of public acrimony, the leaders regularly traded threats and insults as North Korea pushed to develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the United States.
Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang, his fourth this year, followed a stalemate as North Korea resisted Washington's demands for irreversible steps to give up its nuclear arsenal, including a complete inventory of its weapons and facilities. The Vatican insisted at the time that a papal visit would only be possible if Catholic priests were accepted in North Korea.
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Two of the five people on the American side of the meeting table dealt with North Korea - new special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and National Security Council adviser Allison Hooker - reflecting Pompeo's desired focus.
Trump has insisted the worldwide community must stick to the sanctions against North Korea until Kim denuclearises.
"Chairman Kim said he's ready to allow them to come in" and see the dismantled Punggye-ri nuclear test site, Pompeo said.
Since the summit, the archbishop said he has met with Francis.
"We require that the USA stop such misguided actions", he said, adding that the two countries should pursue cooperation "and not descend into conflict and confrontation".
He also expressed gratitude towards Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreements that were made in their previous summit in June.