Trump Contrasts North Korea Results: Obama Was ‘Very Close’ to War

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If a timeline, a list or any other details are not made during Pompeo's third visit, the Trump administration will face growing voices of skepticism among conservatives in the USA, after intelligence sources said North Korea was secretly continuing with its nuclear activities.

Over the past quarter-century, North Korea has frustrated or outfoxed United States administrations that have attempted to stop and reverse its weapons development through diplomacy and sanctions.

"I had a very good feeling about him", he said.

Trump's inspiration for the gift reportedly stemmed from a conversation he had with Kim during the summit, sources told the conservative South Korean news outlet, Chosun Ilbo.

South and North Korean basketball players took to the court Wednesday in Pyongyang for their first friendly game in 15 years, surrounded by thousands of North Koreans chanting "peace" and "prosperity". Following a summit in Singapore between the notorious leaders last month, Trump has delivered an unusual gift to Kim Jong Un - a copy of Elton John's "Rocket Man".

Pompeo, who is on a two-day visit to North Korea, is also presenting a letter from Trump, the newspaper said.

"I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same", he added, using the initials of North Korea's official name. The document was the first to be signed by Communist-backed North Korea and Western-backed South Korea since they were split by the Soviet Union and the USA after World War II and went to war in the early 1950s.

The official Korean Central News Agency today published an article in memory of the signing of the July 4 South-North Joint Communiqué in 1972.

President Donald Trump met Kim at a historic summit in Singapore last month and the U.S. leader has been bullish about hopes for peace, boasting that the threat of nuclear war is over.

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.

Skepticism remains high about whether there will be practical gains following the Trump-Kim summit, given the lack of concrete promises.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last month that the United Nations command in South Korea would initially take charge of the transfer of remains - when they occur - and would then turn them over to the custody of the US military.

In a tweet before he landed in Pyongyang, Pompeo said he was "looking forward to continuing our work toward the final, fully verified denuclearisation of #DPRK, as agreed to by Chairman Kim".

The long-stalled issue about the missing people has seen no tangible progress since 2016 when the North disbanded a special panel to reinvestigate the victims' whereabouts in retaliation to the sanctions Japan had imposed on the North due to its continued nuclear and missile tests.

"The president has made it hard to walk away from the talks even in the North is just stalling and prevaricating again", said another U.S. official familiar with the talks, pointing to Trump's tweets that North Korea no longer poses nuclear threats.

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