North Korea eyes second summit with US in Switzerland

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Among the things he packed were two gifts from President Donald Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: a letter from Trump and an Elton John CD with the 1972 hit song Rocket Man, according to The Chosun Ilbo, citing unnamed Washington sources. Trump said after the Singapore summit that Kim had agreed to send the remains back to the United States.

Pompeo said he hopes to "fill in" details on dismantling the nuclear program and recovering the remains of USA soldiers missing from the Korean War.

Perhaps most importantly there are U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim, who has led the team of negotiators that hammered out Trump and Kim's joint declaration and met again this past Sunday at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, and CIA Korea Mission Chief Andy Kim, who has been Pompeo's right-hand man on this issue since his time as CIA Director.

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North Korea is planning to hold a summit with the US or multilateral negotiations with the US, South Korea and China through the remaining months of this year and next year, Kyodo said, adding that Geneva was a likely candidate to host the bilateral summit. Trump replied, "I had a very good feeling about him from the standpoint - I shook his hand".

The sources said North Korean diplomats have been sent to Bern, Davos and Geneva to obtain firsthand information about global conference halls and hotels that could be used for a bilateral summit and talks involving China and South Korea.

When asked Thursday whether he was wary that North Korea may now be trying to hide its nuclear program, the president told reporters, "We'll see". -South Korea "war games" and Kim saying he would disassemble his test sites, though there's been no sign that he's made any efforts to do so.

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"The more we meet, the deeper our friendship will be, I hope", he said.

Late last month, 38 North, a USA -based North Korea watchdog, reported the North was making improvements at one of the country's nuclear research centres at a "rapid pace" despite Kim's pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. "I think we understand each other".

The top USA diplomat, who will be staying overnight in the North Korean capital for the first time, said he looked forward to a "very productive" encounter. We'll see. All I can tell you is this. It's unclear if Pompeo can get a definite answer from the North during this visit. He said the Trump administration can not give in to demands from Russian Federation and China to loosen sanctions before denuclearization is achieved.

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The lawmaker served as a chairman of the parliamentary defense committee, and was recently briefed on the North's military activities, the South Korean news agency reported.

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