Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Korea approves rare screening of N. Korea films

Korea approves rare screening of N. Korea films

The mystery was resolved Tuesday when the official news agency KCNA put out no fewer than four reports on his trip to far-flung Samjiyon county, on the border with China, a lot of them far more detailed than its usual accounts of his "field guidance" visits.

"I actually do have a little gift for him but you'll find out what that gift is when I give him", Trump said.

The meeting came only weeks after Kim pledged to "denuclearise" his country at a summit in Singapore with Donald Trump.

His top deputy, who took the meeting in Kim's absence, said his boss was out of town without revealing what was more important than a sit-down with the top USA diplomat. "We will steadfastly play a positive role and make constructive contributions towards pushing for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and peace and stability in the region", Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told press briefings repeatedly.

The two sides did agree to eventually hold a summit in 2018.

Pompeo insisted the talks were making progress but as soon as he left, the North's foreign ministry berated him over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and for offering no constructive steps on the U.S. side.

Accusations from USA politicians, however, have triggered nationalistic sentiment among Chinese netizens.

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Pompeo met with several North Korean officials, but not with Kim.

While China may be genuinely committed to pushing Pyongyang to denuclearize, it'll inevitably bear the brunt of any back-and-forth from North Korea's delivery, according to Tsai Tung-Chieh, a professor of worldwide politics at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, central Taiwan.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he might have another gift for Kim as well.

When Trump announced the U.S. would halt joint military drills with South Korea, he backed his controversial move by citing the "tremendous" costs of such exercises.

Warner highlighted the June 12 summit document from Mr. Trump and Kim in which Kim reaffirmed his commitment towards complete denuclearization, Pompeo's comment earlier this week that the USA had "detailed, substantive" conversations about total denuclearization, and Mr. Trump's tweet after the summit in Singapore declaring "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

He added that Trump has won the "face" as the peacemaker, but will require China to deliver the "lining" on denuclearization as Beijing has a bigger say in awarding Pyongyang economic gains.

This morning, Trump was asked if the "Rocket Man" report was true.

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