North Korea official jokes to Pompeo: 'Pay taxes' for visit

The CD is a reference to the nickname - "little rocket man" - that Trump gave Kim past year as the USA and North Korea edged toward nuclear catastrophe.

Before President Trump's historic meeting with Kim, Pompeo had insisted the US would only accept complete, verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization, commonly referred to by its acronym CVID.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is in Pyongyang for a meeting with Kim, is bringing a letter from Trump and the CD.

No further meetings between the two leaders have been scheduled since their historic talks in Singapore last month, but rumours are swirling that the United States could hold out the possibility of another meeting as a "carrot" to encourage the North Koreans to meet their commitment to denuclearize.

Now, he'll be able to hear the tune, and maybe return the favour with a mix tape. Kim reportedly said he was unaware of the song, the newspaper said. "We both hope that's true", Pompeo said on Twitter after a phone call with Trump as he headed for North Korea.

"On this trip I'm seeking to fill in some details on those commitments and continue the momentum toward implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world. 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".

"Our leaders made commitments at the Singapore summit on the complete denuclearisation of North Korea", Mr Pompeo had earlier told reporters travelling with him.

He will be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un among other officials at the government guest house, where he will stay overnight for the first time.

"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.

"Eight months, no nuclear testing, no missiles, no anything", he added, saying that lack of testing by North Korea was a sign of success.

The lawmaker served as a chairman of the parliamentary defense committee, and was recently briefed on the North's military activities, the South Korean news agency reported.

Sources close to the Trump administration have said on background that Mr. Pompeo's immediate goal is to try and nail down a date for the coming weeks or months by which the North Korean leader must publicly declare of his nation's nuclear production facilities, weapons and nuclear-capable missiles.

  • Rogelio Becker