Sen. Warner asks intelligence chief if Trump's North Korea claims are true

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

America has about 28,500 troops based in South Korea and they routinely train with their local counterparts.

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, appears to have opted to visit a potato farm instead of meeting Mike Pompeo when the US Secretary of State was in Pyongyang over the weekend for the latest round of discussions on the future of the Korean Peninsula.

However, officials say it could be months before excavations can begin and years until the remains are identified.

During Mr Pompeo's trip relations between the USA and North Korea appeared to take a dive as Pyongyang accused the USA of a "gangster-like mindset" during the high-level negotiations.

While Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying described criticism of China's meddling in North Korea's relationship with the United States as coming from an unspecified "some people", President Donald Trump levied that exact criticism against China on Monday, speculating on Twitter that China "may be exerting negative pressure" on North Korea's communist dictator Kim Jong-un.

Kim Boo-kyum, minister of the interior and safety, said the suspension of the civilian drills was a follow-up to the suspension of the military exercises amid recent changes in "South-North relations and other security situations".

"I have it for him".

But one day earlier, the majority of the Chinese audience actually sided with Pompeo and responded negatively to Pyongyang's reluctance to pick up its pace of denuclearization.

The North's films include the 2016 drama hit "The Story of Our Home", about three orphaned siblings trying to stay together, and "Comrade Kim Goes Flying", a 2012 romantic comedy about a miner pursuing her dream to become an acrobat.

Organisers have also sought to invite several North Korean moviemakers but are waiting for official approval.

According to a South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, Trump's decision to give Kim the CD comes after a conversation the two leaders had over lunch during their summit in June.

Kim has met Xi twice in the lead-up to his June summit with Trump and the third to brief Xi on the outcome of the talks. He repeated that the United States would not push for any sanctions relief until after North Korea proved its nuclear program no longer existed and could not be rehabilitated.

This morning, Trump was asked if the "Rocket Man" report was true.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he might have another gift for Kim as well.

What Pyongyang really wants is a four-party meeting with South Korea, China and the United States, the professor said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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