Pompeo arrives in North Korea to hammer out details on nukes

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"We are committed to a denuclearized North Korea and Secretary Pompeo looks forward to continuing his consultations with North Korean leaders to follow up on the commitments made at the Singapore summit".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly plans on gifting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an Elton John CD featuring the song "Rocket Man." .

Mr Pompeo's upbeat mood appeared to continue following the two sides' first meeting, which lasted three hours.

Washington's top diplomat and senior aides took off shortly after 2:00 am and were due in the North Korean capital on Friday, where Pompeo is to stay overnight for the first time.

The first time Trump called Kim "Rocket Man" was during an address to the UN General Assembly on September 19, 2017, when he warned against North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew to Montana, Trump said: "I really believe that he sees a different future for the North Koreans". "I hope that's true".

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".

One hoped-for breakthrough would be the return of the remains of USA troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Citing "sources in Washington", the paper said Trump signed the CD with a message for Kim, since the song came up in conversation during their summit last month.

Much of eastern Canada still under blanket of hot, humid air
Couillard noted that the weather is expected to cool down by Friday but "we expect to have this kind of episode every year". Toronto's Medical Officer of Health extended the city's heat warning until further notice over the weekend.

Both issues are considered essential tests of whether Mr Kim is serious about negotiations.

Four other US officials said the Hermit Kingdom was purposely trying to mislead the U.S. Kim, whose term as the defense-committee chief recently ended, is a member of the conservative party that has been wary of talks with North Korea.

Mr Pompeo is therefore under pressure to produce evidence Pyongyang is taking steps towards ending its programme.

"When are they going to hand us that piece of paper?"

"It is a proud moment for the ITTF to be able to support another sign of peace on the Korean Peninsula, by helping North Korea send a team to the Korean Open", said ITTF president Tomas Weikert.

But the USA ability to verify the accuracy of any North Korean list is limited due to the lack of a "high confidence" accounting of the North's nuclear arsenal, such as the number of warheads and uranium enrichment facilities, especially if they are not operational, they said.

President Trump and Kim Jong-un's historical handshake at the summit in Singapore last month.

Pompeo's talks, which resume on Saturday, will be closely watched in the region. North Korea may be looking at the possibility of holding a summit with the United States and other talks when the next World Economic Forum is held in January.

In retaliation to the THAAD deployment, Beijing imposed unofficial boycotts on South Korean businesses and banned group tours to South Korea.

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