Pompeo arrives in North Korea for talks on nuclear sites

Kwon Geun center weeps with his South Korean relatives as he bids farewell after the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea Oct. 22 2015

Kwon Geun center weeps with his South Korean relatives as he bids farewell after the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea Oct. 22 2015

Pompeo is in North Korea for two days to discuss the return of the remains of usa soldiers who were killed in the Korean War in the 1950s and dismantlement of a North Korean missile engine test site.

The CD, which includes Elton John's hit single Rocket Man, will be presented by USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo to Kim along with a letter written by Trump, according to reports from South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo.

Citing a diplomatic source in Washington, the newspaper said Kim mentioned the derogative nickname to Trump during their meeting in Singapore last month. "Trump then asked Kim if he knew the song and Kim said no".

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

Secretary Pompeo will depart Pyongyang Saturday morning for Tokyo, where he is expected to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to discuss the outcomes of his talks in North Korea.

"At a time when we're hearing Pres. Trump say we pretty much secured denuclearization from the North Koreans and they're going to start blowing up test sites, we have major expansion at a location that develops technologically advanced missile parts for their weapons program", says David Schmerler, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. "What I can say is that the South Korea and the United States are constantly communicating on such issues concerning denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the settlement of permanent peace", he told reporters, adding that the two countries were "making efforts to come up with a constructive solution to the issue of denuclearization".

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".

Trump, however, has continued to boast of the results of the summit, even in the face of skepticism from some USA lawmakers.

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North Korea could also deliver the remains of some American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

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Prosperity and Peace teams formed with a mixture of North and South Korean women players play at a gym in Pyongyang, North Korea. He is accompanied by Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines and seasoned nuclear negotiator, Allison Hooker, a National Security Council adviser, Randall Schriver, an assistant secretary of defense for Asia Pacific security affairs, and Andrew Kim, the head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center.

The US secretary of state will present Kim with the CD along with a letter from Trump, who memorably turned the song's title into an epithet after the North stepped up its ballistic missile tests past year.

"I think we understand each other".

Trump's inspiration for the gift reportedly stemmed from a conversation he had with Kim during the summit, sources told the conservative South Korean news outlet, Chosun Ilbo. "We're all keeping a close eye".

When the Secretary of State landed in Pyongyang he was welcomed by Kim Yong Chol - a former North Korean spy chief who is now Kim Jong Un's top negotiator.

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