Pompeo, North Koreans talk trust in first meetings since Singapore summit

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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.

Donald Trump has sent secretary of state Mike Pompeo to North Korea with two gifts for Kim Jong Un - including an Elton John CD featuring the song Rocket Man, according to South Korean media.

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. Apparently, Kim admitted to having never heard the song before, which is likely what prompted Trump to make the gesture.

"Our policy toward North Korea has not changed", Nauert said according to Reuters, adding that Pompeo was looking forward to following up on "the commitments made at the Singapore summit".

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.

The sources said North Korean diplomats have been sent to Bern, Davos and Geneva to obtain firsthand information about worldwide conference halls and hotels that could be used for a bilateral summit and talks involving China and South Korea.

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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.

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. "When I took office, you can quote me on this, North Korea was doing tremendous testing, tremendous missile launches". "Contrary to our military's suspension of joint Korea-U.S. military exercises, North Korea is conducting military exercises on a scale similar to previous years".

An underwater test-firing of a submarine ballistic missile shown in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on April 24, 2016.

"Chol told @SecPompeo, after he joked that if he visits DPRK one more time he'd have to pay taxes: "The more you come, more trust we can build between one another", Palmieri tweeted.

But following talks on Sunday between USA envoy Sung Kimand North Korean counterparts, this "CVID" language appears to have disappeared from the State Department lexicon.

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