Kim Jong-un has invited the Pope to visit North Korea in what appears to be a conciliatory gesture to the outside world. But it's clear Seoul is preparing to restart joint economic projects if the larger nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea begin yielding results.
"Conservative opposition party member Kim Jae-kyung told The Associated Press, "'Approval' is a strong and insulting word meant to say that we are progressing too fast with the North without seeking consensus with the United States".
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on November 6.
Pompeo was reportedly promised a meeting with Kim in July, but no such meeting took place.
During the most recent face to face - a visit to Pyongyang last month - Moon was accompanied by South Korean Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-joong.
But Kim had just stepped out of a new looking Rolls Royce Phantom.
"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 U.S. ambassador to South Korea and North Korea negotiator under president George W. Bush, told Bloomberg Television.
During the summit in June, Kim was seen in a Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Guard armoured limousine flanked by security running alongside on foot.
Trump was responding to a reporter's question about reports from Seoul that South Korea is considering lifting some sanctions against North Korea.
Trump's response when he was asked about Kang's comments implied friction between the allies over the pace of inter-Korean engagement amid concerns in Washington that North Korea is lagging behind in its supposed promise to denuclearize.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.
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.
Despite the current mood of detente and negotiation between the Koreas, the removal of sanctions will be a hard decision for Seoul's government.
During her conversation with lawmakers, Kang described Seoul's unilateral sanctions as a key obstacle in restarting South Korean tourism to the North's Diamond Mountain resort, which was suspended in 2008 following the shooting death of a South Korean woman there.
The law is needed to deal with cases of North Korea espionage in the South, Jeon said, adding North Korea's laws allow human rights violations to take place. Still, the lifting of the 2010 sanctions could offer at least some tangible benefits to the North.
When it comes to foreign basketball superstars who have visited North Korea, one player used to tower above all others: 6-foot-7, five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman. The daily said the agreements were "unacceptable for the USA, but there had been no detailed explanation from the [South] Korean side". The decision had also deprived Kaesong residents of what had been a steady supply of water and electricity.
But it is expected to create momentum for the resumption of long-stalled inter-Korean economic projects such as Kumkangsan tours and the shuttered Kaesong industrial park, as the Moon administration eyes broader economic cooperation in return for the North's denuclearization. South Korea is providing electricity to the liaison office, but not to the town's residents.
It also provides for a reduction of weaponry and guards at the border and the defining of sections of the Demilitarised Zone.