Kim Jong-un opts for potato farm visit over Mike Pompeo meeting

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

"Looking round farm machines and tractors of the workteam, he acquainted himself with how many tractors it has and how it operates them", KCNA reports.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Tokyo on Saturday that the only thing Pompeo left behind in Pyongyang was a letter from Trump to Kim.

Regarding the suspension of the Ulchi exercise, Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum said that the government reached the decision in consideration of the latest security climate and suspension of South Korea- US combined exercises.

"I actually do have a little gift for him but you'll find out what that gift is when I give him", Trump said.

The United States' annual August military drills with South Korea canceled last month by order of President Donald Trump as his administration negotiates a halt to North Korea's nuclear program would have cost the Pentagon about $14 million, according to defense officials. "We will continue to play a positive role in and make constructive contributions to realizing the denuclearization of the Peninsula and achieving the long-lasting peace and stability of the region".

The professor urged Trump not to offset his diplomatic efforts after the Singapore summit, saying he should next persuade his hawkish aides to come up with a feasible approach on "full denuclearization" - one that differs from the past complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of North Korea's nuclear programs.

Accusations from US politicians, however, have triggered nationalistic sentiment among Chinese netizens.


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to meet with Kim Jong-un last week, but the dictator stood him up in order to visit a potato farm. But the president's optimistic outlook about North Korea's willingness to denuclearize and steps in that direction have been brought into question, after an NBC report claiming North Korea has been expanding a nuclear facility.

Following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyonyang last week, North Korea blasted the United States in a statement, calling American denuclearization requests "gangster-like".

Organisers have also sought to invite several North Korean moviemakers but are waiting for official approval.

President Donald Trump said he hasn't yet given Kim Jong Un a CD with the song "Rocket Man" he autographed, but still plans to.

He added that Trump has won the "face" as the peacemaker, but will require China to deliver the "lining" on denuclearization as Beijing has a bigger say in awarding Pyongyang economic gains.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he might have another gift for Kim as well.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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