Pompeo meets North Koreans, hopes to 'fill in' details on denuclearisation

Pompeo meets North Koreans, hopes to 'fill in' details on denuclearisation

Major South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, citing unnamed Washington sources, said the "Rocket Man" CD was a gift for Kim Jong-un, a reference to Mr Trump's "Little Rocket Man" gibe of previous year.

Hoffman said expectations should be managed given how complicated the diplomatic challenge is, since Kim has always been wary of giving up his nuclear capability.

A man walks past a large monitor in Akihabara, Tokyo, on June 12, 2018, broadcasting a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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

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

North Korea is planning to hold a summit with the US or multilateral negotiations with the US, South Korea and China through the remaining months of this year and next year, Kyodo said, adding that Geneva was a likely candidate to host the bilateral summit.

Allegedly, the CD was one two gifts sent with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on his two-day visit.

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The network news said Pompeo's response did not appear to confirm or deny the newspaper's report.

Pompeo said he was seeking to "fill in" some details on North Korea's commitments and maintain the momentum towards implementing the agreement from the summit, according to the pool report.

According to reports in South Korean media, Mr Pompeo was carrying an Elton John CD, more specifically a copy of John's "Rocket Man". I thought we got along very well.

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.

In the meantime, Mr Pompeo and Mr Trump have vowed to keep in place the worldwide economic sanctions that they believe forced the North to the negotiating table in the first place.

Pompeo and his team of US negotiators arrived in Pyongyang just before noon, where he was met by vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Kim Yong Chol, foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, and director of department at the State Affairs Commission and Kim Jong Un's chief secretary Kim Chang Son.

The lawmaker served as a chairman of the parliamentary defense committee, and was recently briefed on the North's military activities, the South Korean news agency reported.

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