Pompeo complained that North & South Korea talk peace without him - South FM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump at the conclusion of their summit in Singapore in June

In a range of trial balloons released over the last week, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has raised the possibility of lifting bilateral sanctions against North Korea, while winning waivers on worldwide sanctions.

The sanctions ban all North Korean ships entering South Korean ports and cut off most inter-Korean exchanges, including tourism, trade and aid.

Seoul's potential removal of unilateral sanctions would be a largely symbolic move as it's virtually impossible for South Korea to resume joint economic projects with North Korea under US-led global sanctions, which have been strengthened considerably since 2016 as the North accelerated its nuclear and missile tests.

According to the watchdog group Open Doors USA, North Korea is consistently ranked the worst country in the world in regards to Christian persecution.

Moon has described inter-Korean engagement as crucial to resolving the nuclear standoff.

A few days after the inter-Korean summit, Gen. Robert Abrams, the next commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, told the Senate Committee on Armed Services that all activities in the DMZ are under the jurisdiction of the UN Command, which the USFK commander also heads.

Trump said "eventually we're going to have lots of meetings on USA soil and on their soil by the way".

Trump emphasized the rapport he says he's developed with the North Korean leader as they negotiate over United States demands that Kim abandon his country's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Washington, however, has insisted that efforts to improve relations between the Koreas should move in tandem with efforts to denuclearize the North.

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Meanwhile, Kang said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed displeasure over an agreement reached between the rival Koreas last month to reduce conventional military threats between them. Kang was not specific but her comments are likely to fuel speculation Washington wasn't fully on board before Seoul signed the agreement.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who was famously serenaded with a rendition of Happy Birthday by former basketball player Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang in 2014, was not at the arena.

Kang indicated that the government is considering the removal of the May 24 Measure largely as a symbolic step meant to help improve the Seoul-Pyongyang relations. North Korea denied it.

The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced on Tuesday that Pope Francis will be invited to Pyongyang, North Korea to meet with Dictator Kim Jong Un.

"The government should first appeal to the bereaved families for their understanding", Rep. Chung Jin-seok of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, said.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha writes down a lawmaker's question during a parliamentary audit of her ministry's affairs at its headquarters in Seoul on October 10, 2018.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk later clarified, saying the government would seek sanction exemptions "in the event they are necessary", citing previous sanction exemptions that enabled the invitation of North Koreans to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics early this year, Bloomberg reported.

China, Russia and North Korea believe it is necessary to consider adjusting United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang at an appropriate time, China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

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