Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gifted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with an Elton John CD that includes his hit song "Rocket Man", signed by President Donald Trump, North Korean media reported Friday.
It was not clear if Pompeo would meet directly with Kim Jong Un, as he had done previously. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
But on June 28, Pompeo told the Senate Appropriations Committee, "We have not yet physically received them".
"I'm proud of my team's work", he told waiting reporters.
"The more you come, more trust we can build between one another", Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's former spy chief and Pompeo's primary interlocutor for nuclear negotiations, told the USA team at the top of their meeting while reporters were allowed in.
At a June 20 rally in Duluth, Minnesota, Trump said, "We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back".
In the joint statement, then-North Korean supreme leader Kim Il Sung and South Korean KCIA Director Lee Hu-rak laid out three principles for the eventual reunification of the two Koreas: independence, peace and national unity.
Outside a small farming village four hours south of Seoul, elderly farmers wearing T-shirts reading "Let's harvest peace by ousting THAAD" work in melon fields before marching in protest against the controversial USA anti-missile system.
One hoped-for breakthrough during his visit would be the return of the remains of US GIs killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.
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Both issues are considered essential tests of whether Kim is serious about negotiations.
"THAAD can work as a leverage against China, because the more China cooperates with North Korea's denuclearization, the more likely they can say goodbye to THAAD", said Yang.
"When are they going to hand us that piece of paper?"
Pompeo said: "Since the summit the consultations have continued".
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, President Trump expressed hope for the future toward North Korea.
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".
"We can endure the physical exhaustion of coming to protests every day or occasionally clashing with police", said Kim Jong-hee, a 50-year-old mother who joined Wednesday's protest from the nearby town in Gimcheon.
It says pressure will remain until North Korea denuclearises, but in statements this week, it redefined the US goal as "the final, fully verified denuclearisation" of the country. However, the department of state said it was not putting forward a specific timeline for the denuclearization process.
Pompeo's talk will be closely watched in the region.
North Korea has said it will not comply with Tokyo's demand for a resolution of the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by the North decades ago unless Japan lifts unilateral economic sanctions, sources close to bilateral ties said Thursday.