Donald Trump says Kim Jong Un 'sees different future' for North Korea

US Marines help a wounded buddy on the Naktong River front in South Korea in 1950

One diplomatic source in Washington said, "The "Rocket Man" CD was the subject of discussion during Trump's lunch with Kim".

With last month's summit between Kim and President Donald Trump resulting in only a vague statement on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it's now up to Pompeo to hammer out the details in follow-up talks with North Korean officials.

On the flight to Pyongyang, Pompeo said both sides made commitments at the Singapore summit on the complete denuclearization of North Korea and on what a transformed bilateral relationship might look like.

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

Chosun Ilbo reports that during Trump's first meeting with Kim, the North Korean dictator asked about the nickname. "I hope that's true".

North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities are operating normally and the communist nation also appears to be building a new submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, an opposition lawmaker said Thursday, citing defense ministry information.

During the working-level talks, Tokyo also reiterated its position that sanctions would remain in place unless the North takes concrete steps toward denuclearization, the sources said. "You haven't had one missile launch and you haven't had one rocket launch or you haven't had any nuclear tests".




US intelligence officials, though, told NBC News that the North Korean government has continued to expand its nuclear weapons activities, increasing production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months.

It is important that any US negotiations are founded on a "solid understanding of the structure of North Korea's solid-fueled missile program" to avoid being duped by the country's propaganda efforts, Schmerler and Lewis wrote earlier this week on ArmsControlWonk.com. North Korea's cabinet mouthpiece Minju Joson described "a great victory of the independent and peaceful reunification policy set forth by the President and an epoch-making event that provided a basic cornerstone of inter-Korean ties and the national reunification movement".

On the trip this week, Pompeo will meet with Kim and other officials, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Up until recently it had maintained North Korea needs to achieve complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID).

The refrain ironically references what Washington would feel about denuclearizing North Korea: "And I think it's gonna be a long, long time, till touch down brings me round again to find".

Mr Pompeo was met by North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and Kim Yong-chol, the general known as Mr Kim's right-hand man, who was equally positive ahead of the summit.

North Korean people watch a basketball game between Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players at a gym in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 4, 2018. "What Pompeo can do is deliver something and receive what they say and carry it home for study", said Charles Kartman, who served as the special envoy for peace talks with North Korea in the late 1990s and early 2000s and was the former director of the Korea Peninsula Energy Development Organization.

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