Before President Trump's historic meeting with Kim, Pompeo had insisted the USA would only accept complete, verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization, commonly referred to by its acronym CVID.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is bringing along a letter from President Donald Trump and a compact disc with Elton John's hit song "Rocket Man" to give to Kim Jong Un, according to a report in South Korea's Chosun Ilbo.
According to a diplomatic source who spoke with Chosunilbo, the "Rocket Man" CD stems from a conversation Trump and Kim had during their denuclearization summit last month.
At the Singapore summit, Kim Jong Un made a broad commitment to "work toward denuclearization", but fell short of details on how or when he would dismantle North Korea's nuclear program, which it has pursued in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Now, he'll be able to hear the tune, and maybe return the favour with a mix tape.
Pompeo plans to have a day and a half of meetings with the North's officials to follow up on the summit deal, which calls for improved bilateral relations and the complete denuclearization of Korea.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, rear right, and Kim Yong Chol, front center, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, arrive for a meeting at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 6, 2018.
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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.
"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. "We'll see. All I can tell you is this, you haven't had one missile launch and you haven't had one rocket launch". Switzerland has expressed a willingness to host the talks between North Korea and the US.
The top U.S. diplomat, who will be staying overnight in the North Korean capital for the first time, said he looked forward to a "very productive" encounter.
While missile and nuclear tests have halted, one official said, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production".
He said Pompeo will be looking to get Kim to agree to a timeline for dismantling nuclear sites, with mechanisms in place to ensure they are not "double dealing".
He added that he was encouraged last week by reports that North Korean officials were "taking down ... anti-U.S. propaganda" in Pyongyang.