U.S. State Department Has Denied Softening Its Stance on North Korea

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08 July, 2018

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. The U.S. wants significant progress within a year.

Despite being in the midst of starting a trade war with Canada, U.S. President Donald Trump still has time to continue cozying up to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Trump asked if he knew the song, released in 1972, which Kim had never heard.

Secretary Pompeo will depart Pyongyang Saturday morning for Tokyo, where he is expected to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to discuss the outcomes of his talks in North Korea. I thought we got along very well.

Regarding fears that the USA 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".

It says pressure will remain until North Korea denuclearizes, but in statements this week, it redefined the USA goal as "the final, fully verified denuclearization" of the country.

She also denied that the US has eased its demand for "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization", speculation that emerged after the State Department started defining its goal as the "final, fully verified denuclearization" instead.

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Five US officials told NBC News that North Korea has increased its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.

Trump had referred to Kim as "little rocket man" as tensions mounted between the two nations late past year.

The U.S. delegation includes several State Department officials and other members of the administration.

Citing sources in Washington, The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reports that the presents - the other of which is a letter from the United States president - reflect Mr Trump's expectation that Mr Kim will follow through on the denuclearisation pledge he made during their summit in Singapore last month.

As it happens, Elton John also came up at Trump's campaign rally in Montana Thursday night. "When I took office, you can quote me on this, North Korea was doing tremendous testing, tremendous missile launches".

North Korea appears to be working on a new submarine capable of firing nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, according to information gathered by South Korea's military.


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