Pompeo Giving North Korea's Kim 'Rocket Man' CD

Pompeo Giving North Korea's Kim 'Rocket Man' CD

Pompeo Giving North Korea's Kim 'Rocket Man' CD

"But for eight months there's been not one rocket or missile launch or there hasn't been a nuclear test", Trump offered on progress with North Korea.

Hoffman said expectations should be managed given how complicated the diplomatic challenge is, since Kim has always been wary of giving up his nuclear capability.

Meantime, a South Korean newspaper reported that Pompeo brought a CD with the Elton John song "Rocket Man" to give to Kim.

No further meetings between the two leaders have been scheduled since their historic talks in Singapore last month, but rumours are swirling that the USA could hold out the possibility of another meeting as a "carrot" to encourage the North Koreans to meet their commitment to denuclearize. Several reporters are accompanying the secretary on his first trip there since President Donald Trump's talks with the North's leader in Singapore on June 12.

Now, he'll be able to hear the tune, and maybe return the favour with a mix tape.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang on Friday to press the government on its promises, after reports that North Korea had not only continued but stepped up its nuclear production following June's summit.

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Late last month, 38 North, a USA -based North Korea watchdog, reported the North was making improvements at one of the country's nuclear research centres at a "rapid pace" despite Kim's pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Meanwhile, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday that he expects Pompeo to discuss with the North Koreans a plan to dismantle the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year. "I think we understand each other".

"Chol told @SecPompeo, after he joked that if he visits DPRK one more time he'd have to pay taxes: "The more you come, more trust we can build between one another", Palmieri tweeted. I thought we got along very well.

The top USA diplomat, who will be staying overnight in the North Korean capital for the first time, said he looked forward to a "very productive" encounter.

In possible pursuit of a more realistic goal, the Trump administration has started formally using the term "final, fully-verified dismantlement (FFVD)" of the North's nuclear program. "We are committed to a denuclearized North Korea and Secretary Pompeo looks forward to continuing his consultations with North Korean leaders to follow up on the commitments made at the Singapore summit".

He added that he was encouraged last week by reports that North Korean officials were "taking down ... anti-U.S. propaganda" in Pyongyang.

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