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

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It is the latest weird twist in the relationship between the leaders of the USA and North Korea, who threw insults at one another in the wake of Kim's growing ballistic missile tests a year ago.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo said that Trump had even raised the subject of the epithet in their meeting in Singapore. "Our policy toward North Korea has not changed, we're committed to a denuclearized North Korea".

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

A delegation of South Korean basketball players, government officials and journalists arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday for friendly basketball games with North Korea in the latest round of sports diplomacy between the two countries.

"Since the summit the consultations have continued". It will also include his first overnight stay in the North Korean capital.

Mr Pompeo simply laughed when questioned on rumours that he had brought Mr Kim an Elton John CD as a present - a reference to one of Mr Trump's favourite insults for the North Korean leader, who he repeatedly referred to as "Little Rocket Man" on social media.

Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang on Friday for a two-day visit.

He last visited in May ahead of the Trump-Kim summit and traveled there secretly in early April while he was director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

He said he expects North Korea to be ready to "fill in some details" of the commitments made by Mr Kim in Singapore. USA intelligence officials told The Washington Post last week that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its weapons stockpile, while recently released commercial satellite imagery appeared to show North Korea expanding a missile-manufacturing plant. Hur, a former guard whose two sons are among the players who travelled to the North, talked about his friendship with retired North Korean player Ri Myong Hun, a 2.35-metre centre who anchored the country's national team during the 1990s and early 2000s.

But Nauert and other officials said they did not know anything about such a gift, and Pompeo himself laughed off the reports when asked by reporters.

North Korea is believed to be constructing an operational nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine, and USA intelligence officials believe the rogue regime is deliberately "deceiving" Washington - even as Pyongyang says it seeks peace and denuclearization.

Ahead of the summit, Pompeo said Trump would reject anything short of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation".

President Trump is about to dredge up what the Guardian says was a "low point" in his relationship with Kim Jong Un, but this time around as a wry attempt to suggest "no harm, no foul" to the North Korean leader.

Schriver and Hooker were also part of the team led by Ambassador Kim which frequently met the North Koreans at Panmunjom in the lead up to the June 12 summit.

It's unclear how much progress North Korea has made on building a ballistic missile submarine.

Spokespeople for South Korea's presidential Blue House and the U.S. Forces in Korea said there has been no discussions about the system's future following the Singapore summit.

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