Donald Trump gifts Kim Jong-un with Elton John ‘Rocket Man’ CD

Marsha Scott
July 8, 2018

It is said that during the meeting, Mr Kim mentioned the infamous "Rocket Man" barb used by Mr Trump at the height of their feud over Pyongyang's controversial missile tests. Trump asked if he knew the song, released in 1972, which Kim had never heard. While North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump pledged at their mid-June summit in Singapore to "work toward" denuclearization, no specific agreement was reached.

Pompeo is in North Korea for negotiations following President Trump's historic Singapore Summit with Kim, as the administration looks for a substantive commitment from the North Koreans to end their nuclear weapons program. Trump replied, "I had a very good feeling about him from the standpoint - I shook his hand". Kim reportedly said he was unaware of the song, the newspaper said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his third trip to Pyongyang on Friday, where he is expected to hold talks on nuclear issues with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials. Pompeo, who is on a two-day visit to North Korea, is also presenting a letter from Trump, the newspaper said.

Pompeo said he hopes to "fill in" details on dismantling the nuclear program and recovering the remains of US soldiers missing from the Korean War.

Pompeo and his team of USA 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.

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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. "I think we understand each other".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the conning tower of a sub during his inspection of Korean People's Army Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo.

In possible pursuit of a more realistic goal, the Trump administration has started formally using the term "final, fully-verified dismantlement (FFVD)" of the North's nuclear program.

The lawmaker's remarks come as Pompeo met with officials to "fill in" details on how to dismantle the North's nuclear program and recover the remains of USA troops missing from the Korean War.

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.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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