Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

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

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

It would be his first overnight stay in the North.

Pompeo said he's looking to "fill in some details" on North Korea's commitment to denuclearize.

"The more you come, more trust we can build between one another", Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's former spy chief and Pompeo's primary interlocutor for nuclear negotiations, told the USA team at the top of their meeting while reporters were allowed in.

A television screen shows news reader Ri Chun Hee announcing the arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Singapore ahead of his meeting with U.S. president Donald Trump, during an evening bulletin in Pyongyang on June 11, 2018. He last visited in May ahead of the Trump-Kim summit and traveled there secretly in early April while he was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "I expect that the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] is ready to do the same", Nauert said earlier.

Also high on the agenda is the issue of the remains of U.S. soldiers missing from the 1950-53 Korean War.

But the statement the leaders signed was short on detailed commitments and Pompeo has been tasked with negotiating a plan to achieve the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.

The meeting comes as North Korea is reportedly expanding a missile-manufacturing site.

News reports over the weekend cited U.S. intelligence sources as questioning the North's commitment to abandoning its nuclear arsenal.

An athlete from South Korea, right, and North Korea, left, play a friendly game in Pyongyang Wednesday. But it has started using the term "final, fully verified denuclearization (FFVD)".

Mr. Pompeo was greeted Friday night North Korea time at a Pyongyang airport by Kim Yong-chol, a top aid to Mr. Kim, after which two reportedly met for almost three hours and made plans to meet again Saturday.

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North Korea, who competed in February's Winter Olympics in the South, will send a team for the Korean Open south of Seoul from Jul 17 to 22, the International Table Tennis Federation said.

"Since the summit the consultations have continued".

The two sides will meet again on Saturday morning at 9 Pyongyang, although it's unclear if Pompeo will meet with Kim Jong Un, as he has on his previous two visits.

But on June 28, Pompeo told the Senate Appropriations Committee, "We have not yet physically received them".

Last year, amid escalating rhetoric between the two countries, Trump repeatedly referred to Kim as "Rocket Man" and "Little Rocket Man" and brought up the nicknames at the recent summit.

The State Department on Thursday brushed off suggestions that the Trump administration has eased off North Korea as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to the isolated nation, The Associated Press reported. Along with the United States, Japan has led an global pressure campaign against the North.

He said relations between the USA and North Korea have "dramatically shifted" in North Korea's favor over the past few months.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who held highly-publicized summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in April and May, has described the peace efforts as crucial because Kim won't give up his nuclear weapons unless he feels his security is assured.

As it happens, Elton John also came up at Trump's campaign rally in Montana Thursday night. But North Korea declared its nuclear weapons program was "complete" on New Year's Day and did not require any more testing.

North Korea appears to be working on a new submarine capable of firing nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, according to information gathered by South Korea's military.

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