North Korea Submarine Development Signals Increased Nuclear Threat

Jul 07, 2018, 03:18
North Korea Submarine Development Signals Increased Nuclear Threat

When South Korean musicians traveled to the North earlier this year to hold two concerts in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un made a surprise appearance at the first show on March 31 and sat beside South Korea's Culture Minister Do Jong-hwan.

According to a "source in Washington", the song had been a previous topic of conversation between Trump and Kim. "These gestures alone don't ensure progress in denuclearizing the North and stabilizing peace".

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

Shortly after his North Korea visit, Pompeo will fly to Tokyo for a trilateral meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts - Kang Kyung-wha and Taro Kono - this weekend.

Pompeo said: "Since the summit the consultations have continued". It would be his first overnight stay in the North. 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".

Only this week, about 50 men and women basketball players from South Korea played alongside North Koreans in combined teams in the North Korean capital Pyongyang.

At a Cabinet meeting the next day, Trump said that he understood "that they've already sent back or are in the process of sending back the remains of our great heroes who died in North Korea during the war". DPRK are the initials for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Since the summit, doubts over the North's intentions have grown again, amid reports that it is continuing to expand facilities related to its nuclear and missile programs and that USA intelligence is skeptical about its intentions to give up its weapons.

Kim reportedly told Trump he had never heard the song - which prompted the President to pack Pompeo off with a CD for the North Korean leader.

Regarding fears that the US may have softened its expectations in the denuclearization process, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert - who is accompanying Pompeo to Pyongyang - said their policy had not changed and that they are "committed to a denuclearized North Korea".

"The more we meet, the deeper our friendship will be, I hope", he said.

The North Korean leader is believed to have spent more than ten years at schools in and around Bern, and requested his favourite fried rösti potatoes to be served at a recent summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Kim Yong Chol welcomed Pompeo to North Korea, noting that it was his third visit to the country.

Four other US officials said the Hermit Kingdom was purposely trying to mislead the U.S.

In that match, North Korea, led by Ri Myong Hun - who, at 235 centimeters (7 feet 8.5 inches) was described as the world's tallest player - routed South Korea 86-57.

Kim has also met with China's President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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