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Trump says he still has 'Rocket Man' CD for Kim Jong Un

11 July 2018

Trump had said during the Singapore summit that economic sanctions would remain in effect until North Korea reverses its nuclear programme, adding that there were no short-term plans to reduce the number of United States troops - some 28,500 - stationed in South Korea.

While President Moon Jae-in's so-called "three-belts" transport plan would benefit the North, given the poor state of its infrastructure, what the regime in the Pyongyang really wants is to ramp up special economic zones across the country, said Kim Byeong-uk. However, he left with a harsh reminder that the North Korean leader expects something in return.

The comments came after Pompeo had earlier Sunday in Tokyo brushed aside North Korea's accusation that the US was making "gangster-like" denuclearization demands of the North.

"The US just came out with such unilateral and gangster-like denuclearization demands as CVID, declaration, and verification that go against the spirit of the North-US summit meeting", he added, calling the talks "really disappointing". US news accounts in recent days have shown pictures of what is said to be the expansion of nuclear-related buildings in North Korea.

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Pompeo, on the other hand, struck a positive tone while briefing reporters Saturday on the meetings, saying he had "very productive" and "good-faith" conversations with North Korean officials.

"North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to complete denuclearization", he said on Sunday during a visit to Japan.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in May invited Kim to the annual forum, Yonhap said, but he had not responded to the invitation yet. The ECB is expected to make a final decision on a new central bank president next year, but the search for loopholes that would allow the ECB to install a different candidate warns of a growing rift within Europe's key central banking authority.

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"The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know critics will try to minimize the work that we have achieved", he said. "It can be your miracle in North Korea as well", Pompeo said.

"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster", Pompeo said Sunday after meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Tokyo.

Some North Korean media statements have suggested that "denuclearization" would require the complete removal of American assets from Asia, as the United States is a nuclear power.

Pompeo reported that the two sides had substantive discussions on next steps toward denuclearization and have set up working groups to hammer out details of an agreement.

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The president's comments on China appeared to reflect concern that USA imposition of punitive tariffs on Chinese imports last week could make China less cooperative in pressuring the North over its nuclear and missile programs.

Trump says he still has 'Rocket Man' CD for Kim Jong Un