Team Trump gifted Kim Jong Un a 'Rocket Man' CD

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According to sources, the Secretary of State will present Kim with the CD along with a letter from Trump, who has frequently refered to the despot as a "little rocket man" in speeches.

A diplomatic source told Chosun Ilbo that "the "Rocket Man" CD was the subject of discussion during Trump's lunch with Kim".

-North Korea talks, the soft-spoken South Korean leader played a pivotal role in bringing the brash Trump and the once-reclusive Kim Jong Un together for last month's historic summit.

Since meeting Kim in Singapore last month Trump has been bullish about hopes for peace, boasting that the threat of nuclear war is over.

However, Moon Chung-in, a professor at Yonsei University and an advisor to the South Korean president, said that the Blue House had always been clear that it would leave issues related to denuclearization to the United States and North Korea.

Now, he'll be able to hear the tune, and maybe return the favor with a mix tape. He said, "If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!"

"I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same", he added, using the initials of North Korea's official name.

North Korean officials have yet to demonstrate that in working-level talks, the intelligence officials said.

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". "Was North Korea's intention to continue what they were doing, albeit less provocatively, by not doing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing?"

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Trump's statements on the return of the remains of missing USA troops have also been problematic.

Pompeo will stay in the Paekhwawon, or 100 Flowers Garden, a prestigious guesthouse where former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun stayed during his summit with Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il, in 2007.

Only this week, about 50 men and women basketball players from South Korea played alongside North Koreans in combined teams in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. 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".

"I think we understand each other".

National security adviser John Bolton, a hawk when it comes to United States policy toward North Korea, said Sunday that Pompeo will present Pyongyang with a plan to complete the dismantling of the North's nuclear and missile programs in one year.

Denuclearization, in particular, will be high on his agenda, amid USA intelligence leaks suggesting North Korea has so far not been negotiating in good faith and is continuing to develop its nuclear facilities.

"This stand has been suggested as the probable location [Trump] was referring to in his post-Singapore summit statements that North Korea is 'destroying their engine site". "We are watching closely".

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.

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