U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed concerns about the actions of each other's governments during a meeting Monday in Beijing that also included the more customary diplomatic calls for cooperation.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris upon his arrival at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, in South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, after his North Korea trip.
"These actions have affected the mutual trust between both sides and have cast a shadow over the prospect of China-US relations, which completely go against the interest of our two peoples", Wang said.
"We had a good, productive conversation", Pompeo said about the almost two-hour-long talks.
"I regret that the strategic dialogue between our two countries is something you all chose not to undertake", he said. Kim Yong Chol also made clear that Pompeo's preferred translator wouldn't be allowed, and his bodyguard would have to leave his weapon behind, according to a pool reporter traveling with Pompeo.
Pompeo didn't meet with Kim on that trip.
"We demand the U.S. stop the unwarranted accusations and wrongdoings against China immediately", the top Chinese diplomat said, adding that the two countries should pursue cooperation "and not descend into conflict and confrontation".
Kim praised their "nice meeting", telling Pompeo via an interpreter following the morning's talks that it was "a very nice day that promises a good future. for both countries".
"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Mr Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing.
The U.S. and Japan have pushed for the North to compile and turn over a detailed list of its nuclear sites to be dismantled as a next step in the process.
But unlike his last visit to Beijing in June, Pompeo did not have a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang 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.
Trump met Kim in Singapore in June for the first-ever summit between the two countries, resulting in what critics say was only a vague commitment by Kim towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Pompeo was hit by North Korean officials a few months ago as having a "gangster-like demand for denuclearization".
Kim is ready to invite global experts to inspect the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, which Pyongyang invited worldwide journalists to witness being demolished in May, according to Pompeo.
Never before has the USA officially acknowledged China as a relevant party, .an act believed to be a way to gain support from Beijing.
High-level exchanges between the two countries have been frozen, including a planned diplomatic and security meeting between US Secretary of Defence James Mattis and Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe originally scheduled for mid-October in Beijing.