That stood in stark contrast to the North's reaction to Pompeo's previous visit to Pyongyang in July, after which the North said Pompeo had made "gangster-like demands", Reuters points out. Indeed, the only Catholic church in the North is not recognized by the Vatican.
Pompeo's meeting in Beijing was the last stop of his Asia trip, meant to revitalise the stalled denuclearisation negotiations with Pyongyang, in particular, amid concerns that worsening Sino-US relations could undermine their cooperation on North Korea.
At the same time, the United States and China are cooperating on efforts to pressure North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to give up his country's nuclear weapons and long-range missile programs.
North Korea and the Vatican do not have diplomatic ties.
USA officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.
"These actions have damaged our mutual trust, cast a shadow over the future of China-US relations, and go against the interests of the people of the two countries", Wang told Pompeo.
"I'd love to remove them, but we have to get something for doing it", Trump said. "Brilliantly selling the same horse twice".
Pompeo told a reporter travelling with him on Monday that "we made significant progress".
Trump and Kim held an historic first summit in Singapore in June.
The Foreign Ministry also slammed accusations as "ridiculous" that China was interfering in the upcoming US polls by placing a paid four-page supplement in a local Iowa daily, which listed the economic costs of Mr. Trump's trade war.
"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.
Moon and Kim held their third summit in Pyongyang from September 18 to 20. On their soil also, ' Trump said.
Pyongyang's failure to keep its pledge to allow worldwide inspections at Punggye-ri in May fanned criticism that the move could easily be reversed. The 38 North project said last week that no dismantling activity had been spotted since August 3.
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President Donald Trump , which ended with an agreement to work toward the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. In an interview with the Washington Post , she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site.
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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.
The secretary of state also confirmed that inspectors would also be invited to a separate missile test site at Tongchang-ri, but declined to comment on which organization might be allowed in to either site.
Sceptics of Trump administration policy said it was hard to see what Pompeo had achieved. The Pontiff has said he wants to visit Japan next year. "Is this just to set up a yet another summit without a clear understanding of what that's going to generate?"
This time, Kim was satisfied with the "productive and wonderful talks" with Pompeo, according to the regime's Korean Central News Agency.
In Seoul, before leaving for talks with Chinese officials in Beijing, Pompeo said Kim is expected soon to name deputy foreign minister Choe Son Hui as a counterpart for his new special envoy for North Korea, former Ford executive Stephen Biegun, who accompanied him on the trip.
Pompeo said he and Kim had gotten "pretty close" to fixing the logistics for the summit but stressed that "sometimes that last inch is hard to close".
But it made no mention of inspections.
Trump cancelled Pompeo's planned trip to Pyongyang in August, citing little evidence that North Korea had followed through on any of its commitments to denuclearize.
In a snub, Chinese President Xi Jinping did not meet the visiting U.S. Secretary of State.
Pompeo also met with Politburo member Yang Jiechi.
Meanwhile, Kim Eui-kyum, the spokesman of the South Korean President, while announcing the official visit of Moon to Pope Francis, specified that the president will also carry a message from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the Pope.
A similar situation occurred in June 2000 after then-President Kim Dae-jung returned from his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, telling the press he would convey an invitation to visit Pyongyang to Pope John Paul II.
But, as Pompeo made his way back to Washington after three days of talks in Tokyo, Pyongyang, Seoul and Beijing, it was unclear what had been accomplished.