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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim over the weekend, and said that a second meeting between the North Korean leader and Trump would be set up "at the earliest possible date".

North Korea is now seeking diplomatic support in its quest to have worldwide sanctions eased and is engaged in negotiations with the United States over its nuclear program and ahead of a possible second summit with President Donald Trump aimed at implementing their June accord.

South Korea's presidential office said in a statement that Kim told President Moon Jae-in during their summit last month that the pope would be "enthusiastically" welcomed in North Korea.

"I'd love to remove them, but we have to get something for doing it", Trump said.

Kazianis told CBN's Gary Lane how China can circumvent U.S. economic sanctions against Kim.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi shows the way to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China October 8, 2018.

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North Korea is very interested in reaching some sort of agreement on denuclearization so that it can grow economically with the benefit of the foreign investment closed to it now, Trump said.

North Korea maintains a Catholic church in Pyongyang, the Jangchung Catholic Church, though it is not affiliated with the Holy See.

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.

"I like him, he likes me, the relationship is good", Trump said of Kim.

"I know that you would like to discuss the North Korea issue and other relational issues with me on this visit", Wang said.

Prior to Pompeo's visit to North Korea, he met with Japan Foreign Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

Weakening support for US -led sanctions - from countries including Russian Federation and China, but also South Korea - has also led to a growing sense that Pompeo is spending more and more of his time just trying to keep existing restrictions in place.

The North Korean leader has yet to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has previously invited Kim to Moscow.

"President Moon will visit the Vatican on October 17 and 18 to reaffirm its blessing and support for peace and stability in the Korean peninsula", the spokesperson told a news briefing.

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

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.

Trump said at a campaign rally late last month that he likes Kim, adding, "We fell in love, OK?"