Trump treats Kim to a Rocket Man CD amid nuclear talks

Trump treats Kim to a Rocket Man CD amid nuclear talks

"Rocket man", of course, is the nickname Trump famously - and mockingly - bestowed on Kim at a time of heightened tensions between the two countries after long-range missile tests by North Korea. The president has also reportedly written a message on the CD and signed it.

President Trump sent a copy of Elton John's album with the song "Rocket Man" to North Korea as a gift for leader Kim Jong-un, according to a report from South Korean Chosun Media.

No further meetings between the two leaders have been scheduled since their historic talks in Singapore last month, but rumours are swirling that the U.S. could hold out the possibility of another meeting as a "carrot" to encourage the North Koreans to meet their commitment to denuclearize. Apparently, Kim admitted to having never heard the song before, which is likely what prompted Trump to make the gesture.

Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" - a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stops short of longstanding United States demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

North Korea could also deliver the remains of some American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War on the occasion of Pompeo's visit.

"We just wrapped our first meeting of the day", Pompeo told reporters.

The lawmaker's remarks come as Pompeo met with officials to "fill in" details on how to dismantle the North's nuclear program and recover the remains of USA troops missing from the Korean War.

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

So Trump told Pompeo to bring the CD along with him, according to the paper.

But that does mark a shift from the U.S.'s earlier demands for North Korea's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization".

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.

"The more you come, the more trust we can build between one another".

In possible pursuit of a more realistic goal, the Trump administration has started formally using the term "final, fully-verified dismantlement (FFVD)" of the North's nuclear program.

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center Andrew Kim - both of whom attended working-level talks with DPRK officials at Panmunjom last weekend - are expected to join the team in Pyongyang separately.

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