This is your song: Trump 'sends Rocket Man' to Kim
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jul 08, 2018,
Jul 08, 2018, 1:44
"We both hope that's true", Pompeo said on Twitter after a phone call with Trump as he headed for North Korea. Pompeo joked once the meeting started that if he comes again after this, his third trip to North Korea this year, he will have to start paying taxes.
Pompeo landed in North Korea on Friday and laughed when asked whether he would give Kim the CD, NBC News reported.
The United States is seeking North Korea denuclearization, but the State Department says it is now on the quest for "final, fully verified denuclearization" and not the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.
The talks lasted almost three hours and it was uncertain whether Pompeo would meet Kim Jong Un.
"Nothing could be further from the truth".
Pyongyang on Friday also pushed back against recent US criticism of the country's human rights record, in a commentary by the state-run Uriminzokkiri outlet referring to it as "provocative" and a potential "obstacle" to further negotiations. "Our policy toward North Korea has not changed, we're committed to a denuclearized North Korea".
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After his talks with North Korea, Mr Pompeo is due to fly on to Tokyo to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts.
"But for eight months there's been not one rocket or missile launch or there hasn't been a nuclear test", Trump offered on progress with North Korea.
Friday's meetings took place at the Paekhwawon, or 100 Flowers Garden, an elite guesthouse where former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stayed in 2000.
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While missile and nuclear tests have halted, one official said, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production". But North Korea declared its nuclear weapons program was "complete" on New Year's Day and did not require any more testing.
As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met North Korean officials in Pyongyang Friday to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a South Korean lawmaker said the North appears to be working on a new submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles.