Friday, 20 July, 2018

Why Mike Pompeo's visit to North Korea "will be a real test"

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Lisa Bryan | 07 July, 2018, 03:19

The CD, which includes Elton John's hit single Rocket Man, will be presented by U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo to Kim along with a letter written by Trump, according to reports from South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo.

When Mike Pompeo meets Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang this week, he will reportedly attempt to smooth a path towards denuclearisation with a gift that playfully references a low point in relations between the North Korean leader and Donald Trump: a CD of Elton John's Rocket Man.

It was unclear whether Cho would meet with Kim or Pompeo, the unification ministry said.

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.

The first time Trump called Kim "Rocket Man" was during an address to the UN General Assembly on September 19, 2017, when he warned against North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on a trip to Montana that he was still upbeat about the future of North Korea and his relationship with its leader. "As it is declared that there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula, there is no reason for THAAD to be in my country", said Lee, who hopes the system could be withdrawn within three months.

North Korea is believed to be constructing an operational nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine, and US intelligence officials believe the rogue regime is deliberately "deceiving" Washington - even as Pyongyang says it seeks peace and denuclearization.

Before the meeting, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert cautioned expectations should not be high, saying they don't expect any deliverables like a timeline or blueprint for denuclearization, an accounting of North Korea's weapons and facilities, or even an update on the status of American remains from the Korean War.


Both issues are considered essential tests of whether Mr Kim is serious about negotiations.

Trump also agreed to temporarily halt major military exercises on the Korean Peninsula while talks continue, drawing criticism from lawmakers and former military officials.

"And other things have happened including last week, taking down the anti-US propaganda".

Several times a year ago, Trump referred to Kim "little rocket man", while Kim angrily retorted by labelling the president a "mentally deranged dotard".

There's also National Security Council Korea Director Allison Hooker and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Alex Wong, who joined Pompeo for his trip to Seoul and Beijing after the Singapore summit to debrief the South Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese.

The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency added that he expected North Korea to be "ready to do the same". Satellite imagery captured on June 21 suggests the North is continuing to upgrade infrastructure at its Yongbyon nuclear scientific research centre.

"The president has made it hard to walk away from the talks even in the North is just stalling and prevaricating again", said another U.S. official familiar with the talks, pointing to Trump's tweets that North Korea no longer poses nuclear threats. Pompeo himself has previously said the US wanted North Korea to take "major" disarmament steps in the next two years before Trump completes his first term in office. North Korea may be looking at the possibility of holding a summit with the United States and other talks when the next World Economic Forum is held in January.

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