Excavations for Remains of US Service Members in North Korea May Resume

President Trump confirms he's ready to give 'Rocket Man' to Kim — and says he's preparing gifts for Putin after NATO summit

"This is a decades-long challenge, getting the North Koreans to make a fundamental strategic decision, which is that the nuclear weapons they possess today frankly present a threat to them and not security", said Pompeo, CNN reported.

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.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he does, in fact, plan to give North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a CD with the Elton John hit "Rocket Man", as well as another mystery gift "at a certain period".

"Just now you said that some people in the United States associated the inconsistency of the statements made by the DPRK and the U.S. after their high-level meeting with China's role in the Korean Peninsula issue", she noted.

On Monday, the Pentagon put a dollar amount - about US$14 million - on the costs of Freedom Guardian, a large-scale joint drill that was to kick off in August but which was shelved after Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a historic summit Singapore last month.

The yen is seemingly oblivious to this deterioration in Korean peninsula discussion.

The two sides did agree to eventually hold a summit in 2018.

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Pompeo said after his trip that there had been progress in the talks.

However Mr Kim has not been seen in public for seven days, with every official move usually documented by news agency KCNA. "But, it seems that the USA misunderstood our goodwill and patience".

While China may be genuinely committed to pushing Pyongyang to denuclearize, it'll inevitably bear the brunt of any back-and-forth from North Korea's delivery, according to Tsai Tung-Chieh, a professor of global politics at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, central Taiwan.

The North's state media normally lead their television bulletins and front pages with Kim's doings, but a seven-day absence from the headlines, including during Pompeo's visit, had prompted speculation on his whereabouts among Korea-watchers.

Trump later added on Twitter that the decision would "save a fortune".

After the week-long news hiatus, on Tuesday KCNA released four reports of the leader's trip to Samjiyon county on the Chinese border.

According to Chosun Ilbo, Kim brought up the "rocket man" moniker during the summit, and Trump asked Kim if he knew the song to which Trump was referring, but Kim answered that he didn't.

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