Trump Is Reportedly Sending New Pal Kim Jong Un An Awkward Gift

Trump Is Reportedly Sending New Pal Kim Jong Un An Awkward Gift

Trump Is Reportedly Sending New Pal Kim Jong Un An Awkward Gift

When the US and North Korea concluded the Singapore summit, Mr. Trump declared that he and Kim developed a "very special bond" and Kim had committed to working "toward" denuclearization.

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

According to a diplomatic source who spoke with Chosunilbo, the "Rocket Man" CD stems from a conversation Trump and Kim had during their denuclearization summit last month.

The diplomat visited the White House last month and he delivered a letter to Mr. Trump from Kim Jong Un. Kim said he had never heard the song, it added, prompting the president to ask Pompeo to take the CD with him to Pyongyang on what is his third trip to North Korea since April.

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

Pompeo said he was seeking to "fill in" some details on North Korea's commitments and maintain the momentum toward implementation of the agreement from the summit, according to the pool report. "I expect that [North Korea] is ready to do the same".

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, says North Korea could dismantle its nuclear arsenal within a year, but other USA officials have said they hope it can be accomplished by the end of Trump's first term in the White House, in January 2021.


Private analysts have been quick to pick apart the administration's overall plan for following up on the summit in Singapore, where Mr. Kim committed generally to the goal of a "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

But it remains uncertain whether Japan will heed North Korea's call as it continues to seek comprehensive resolution of the nuclear, missile and abduction issues.

While, in the past, the Pentagon has said North Korean officials have indicated they had the remains of as many as 200 US troops, a USA military official familiar with the procedures for handling remains said it was not clear what North Korea might hand over.

Pompeo is expected to discuss the return of the remains of US soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Pompeo's talks with Kim were expected to last a "couple of hours" and it's unlikely he'll meet Kim Jong Un. USA intelligence officials told The Washington Post last week that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its weapons stockpile, while recently released commercial satellite imagery appeared to show North Korea expanding a missile-manufacturing plant. "Kim mentioned that Trump referred to him as "rocket man" when tensions ran high previous year", the source said.

North Korea has said it will not comply with Tokyo's request for a resolution of the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by the North decades ago unless Tokyo lifts unilateral economic sanctions, sources close to bilateral ties said Thursday.

"I think we understand each other". Trump has even suggested that North Korea could become "very rich" in doing so. He is accompanied by Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines and seasoned nuclear negotiator, Allison Hooker, a National Security Council adviser, Randall Schriver, an assistant secretary of defense for Asia Pacific security affairs, and Andrew Kim, the head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center.

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