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Pompeo Gives Kim Jong Un Trump Signed Copy Of 'Rocket Man' CD

Pompeo Gives Kim Jong Un Trump Signed Copy Of 'Rocket Man' CD

Among the things he packed were two gifts from President Donald Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: a letter from Trump and an Elton John CD with the 1972 hit song Rocket Man, according to The Chosun Ilbo, citing unnamed Washington sources.

According to reports in South Korean media, Mr Pompeo was carrying an Elton John CD, more specifically a copy of John's "Rocket Man".

During that conversation, Kim brought up the fact that Trump repeatedly called him "little rocket man" over the past year, but did not get the reference.

But what Mr Trump and Mr Pompeo thought would be a lighthearted gift to ease tensions has spectacularly backfired, with people on Twitter slamming the president as immature and unsafe.

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.

But Nauert and other officials said they did not know anything about such a gift, and Pompeo himself laughed off the reports when asked by reporters.

This AP photo shows U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arriving at Yokota Air Base in Japan for a stopover en route to North Korea on July 6, 2018. "I think we understand each other".

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"I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's third known visit to North Korea started with a joke from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party. "We'll see. All I can tell you is this, you haven't had one missile launch and you haven't had one rocket launch". "The more you come, more trust we can build between one another".

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.

After a almost three-hour meeting with Kim Yong-chol on Friday night, the pair broke up for dinner, with the USA side saying that talks would continue on Saturday morning.

"Under the Obama administration they were launching missiles, they were testing", Mr. Trump said.

But the USA ability to verify the accuracy of any North Korean list is limited due to the lack of a "high confidence" accounting of the North's nuclear arsenal, such as the number of warheads and uranium enrichment facilities, especially if they are not operational, they said.

His round-the-world diplomatic voyage will then take him on to Vietnam and Abu Dhabi before he arrives in the Belgian capital Brussels to rejoin Mr Trump for next week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.


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