This is your song: Trump 'sends Rocket Man' to Kim

This is your song: Trump 'sends Rocket Man' to Kim

The newspaper explained anonymous diplomatic sources in D.C. told them the two leaders discussed the "Rocket Man" nickname Mr. Trump gave to Mr. Kim, and the North Korean leader said he never heard the song.

Trump is said to have written a message on the CD for Kim.

The agreement signed between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 committed the two sides to improve their relations, work towards denuclearization, and recover the remains of US soldiers killed during the Korean War.

The State Department, meanwhile, was mum Friday on the deeper details of Mr. Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang, the secretary of state's first visit with North Korean officials since the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore three weeks ago. The first time Trump called Kim "Rocket Man" was during an address to the UN General Assembly on September 19, 2017, when he warned against North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Late last month, 38 North, a US -based North Korea watchdog, reported the North was making improvements at one of the country's nuclear research centres at a "rapid pace" despite Kim's pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Regarding fears that the USA may have softened its expectations in the denuclearization process, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert - who is accompanying Pompeo to Pyongyang - said their policy had not changed and that they are "committed to a denuclearized North Korea". "I think we understand each other".

United States military intelligence noticed similar activity at the port late previous year, detecting what appeared to be construction on a new diesel-electric submarine at the Sinpo shipyard, The Diplomat reported in October, citing a United States government source.

"The more you come, the more trust we can build between one another".

But the US 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.

"If they're serious, then we can get down to the business of defining the terms of final denuclearization", said one official.

The top U.S. diplomat, who will be staying overnight in the North Korean capital for the first time, said he looked forward to a "very productive" encounter.

When asked Thursday whether he was wary that North Korea may now be trying to hide its nuclear program, the president told reporters, "We'll see".

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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