ABC News' Tara Palmieri reported Kim Yong Chol told Pompeo he would have to pay taxes for his frequent visits to 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 arrived at Pyongyang's Sunan Airport on Friday afternoon, where Kim and other officials, including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Kim Chang Son, a senior official at the State Affairs Commission, and others were at the tarmac, ready to greet him and the US delegation, South Korean news service EDaily reported. Apparently, Kim admitted to having never heard the song before, which is likely what prompted Trump to make the gesture.
Other negotiators traveling with Pompeo include Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs Alex Wong, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver, and Korea specialist and member of the White House National Security Council Allison Hooker.
The US made some concessions to Pyongyang at that summit, including halting Ulchi Freedom Guardian, a major US-South Korea military exercise scheduled for August.
"Nothing could be further from the truth". A State Department official told ABC News that if the meetings go well, they assume Pompeo will meet with the dictator, but they're still not sure. "Our policy toward North Korea has not changed", Reuters quoted Nauert as telling reporters en route to Pyongyang. In recent days, the State Department has shifted to using the phrase "final, fully verified denuclearization", including in a Pompeo tweet Thursday.
The CD refers to the moniker Trump gave Kim previous year when tensions between the two world leaders had reached a boiling point.
North Korean landscape is visible from the window of the plane carrying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as it arrives at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 6, 2018. "And other things have happened including last week, taking down the anti-US propaganda".
Citing sources in Washington, The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reports that the presents - the other of which is a letter from the United States president - reflect Mr Trump's expectation that Mr Kim will follow through on the denuclearisation pledge he made during their summit in Singapore last month.
Hoffman emphasized that a South Korean lawmaker said yesterday that, according to satellite intelligence, North Korea is eyeing a nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine. "When I took office, you can quote me on this, North Korea was doing tremendous testing, tremendous missile launches".