Kang replied "Yes" on Wednesday when a lawmaker asked her whether a Japanese media report was correct that Pompeo had complained strongly about the agreement, which was announced during a summit between the Koreas in Pyongyang last month.
Francis visited South Korea in August 2014.
As for Japan's motive for hosting the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the daily said Japan is likely seeking to avoid being kept from being involved in intensifying dialogue regarding the Korean Peninsula. Pompeo recently visited Kim in Pyongyang in an effort to set up another summit between him and Trump following months of friction in lower-level talks that saw North Korea accuse Washington of "gangster-like" demands on denuclearization.
If the Pope, does accept the invitation, .it would be the first time that the head of the Roman Catholic Church has ever visited the North.
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The Chinese sports delegation, including male and female players, arrived in Pyongyang on Monday afternoon before North Korea's Party Foundation Day on Wednesday, marking the 1945 foundation of the precursor of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.
"To permit religious freedoms would undermine the cult of personality that has been built up around the Kim family, so this offer is exclusively created to deflect criticisms over human rights", he said. "Beijing is showing its strength and ability to negotiate politically with North Korea at its whim, and showing the USA its geopolitical strength in the region". "If Trump wants the credit, he can take all the credit. I just can't leave now".
The high-profile sporting display of friendship followed in the footsteps of inter-Korean sport.
On Tuesday, Trump said he is considering three or four possible locations for the second Trump-Kim summit, while saying he wants to hold it after US midterm elections on November 6.
Tensions between North Korea and China, long-standing allies, have increased in recent years as China endorsed and implemented U.N. Security Council sanctions that squeezed the North Korean economy.More news: Five killed in torrential rainstorms in Majorca
"I returned late last night from North Korea from a trip where we made real progress".
"The fact that they've had these meetings-both with secretary of state Pompeo and with President Trump-and have held back from a clear sign that they're moving forward, makes me kind of wonder", Christopher Hill, a former USA ambassador to South Korea and North Korea negotiator under president George W. Bush, told Bloomberg Television.
However, there are growing calls for easing sanctions.
The Kaesong factory park was a major symbol of cooperation between the Koreas and an important income source for North Korea before the South's previous conservative government shut it down in February 2016 following a North Korean nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.More news: Democrats to force health care vote Wednesday in Senate
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