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

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Kim Yong Chol second from right in Pyongyang on July 7

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Kim Yong Chol second from right in Pyongyang on July 7

Pompeo also stated that progress was made on talks to decommission a missile engine test site - but there's no conclusive deliverable here.

"The road ahead will be hard and challenging, and we know critics will try to minimize the work that we have achieved", he said.

Trump's suggestion that China was behind North Korea's tougher stance on denuclearisation talks echoes a comment by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday.

"The United States, Republic of Korea and Japan continue to strengthen our trilateral cooperation to achieve the goal set out in Singapore", Pompeo said. In the meantime, the United States has already sacrificed an important alliance equity thanks to Trump's unilateral suspension of the joint military exercises with South Korea while giving up rhetorical ground by his adoption of the false North Korean description of these regular defensive exercises as "provocative war games".

It's also a reminder of difficulties in negotiating with the North, which has a track record of dragging its feet in nuclear talks seen as part of a strategy to buy time for the development of weapons.

The U.S. and North Korea have actually yet to reach any agreement on the terms under which the North would relinquish its weapons programs, beyond the North's commitment at the summit "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

For the US, it means North Korea will abandon its nuclear program and give up its arsenal under what it calls a "complete, verifiable, and irreversible" process. China is North Korea's traditional ally and main trading partner, and is key to maintaining sanctions on Pyongyang.

And just hours after Pompeo arrived in Tokyo from Pyongyang on Saturday, the North blasted the new talks, saying they had been "regrettable".

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a Business Community Reception at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, July 8, 2018.

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Practically, assuaging Kim's security fears could require risky choices for the U.S. and its North Asian allies, such as rolling back America's nuclear umbrella or pulling back its troops in South Korea.

"The United States has been clear on what we seek from North Korea", Pompeo said in Hanoi.

North Korea's ongoing engagement with the outside world is taking place following a year when trade was hit by sanctions. "No one walked away from that, they're still equally committed, Chairman Kim is still committed".

He alluded to an exchange between Pompeo and chief North Korean negotiator Kim Yong Chol in Pyongyang.

On Sunday, Iowa GOP Senator Joni Ernst said the US should restart its military exercises with South Korea if talks don't continue.

The statement included a personal appeal to the U.S. president: "We still cherish our good faith in President Trump", it said.

On her government's decision to suspend major combined military drills with the USA, she said it's aimed at facilitating the denuclearization process. "As for North Korean aircraft, we only had an Air Koryo flight (R-885) yesterday, which runs on Mondays and Thursdays", the press service said. "We expect this to be followed up by further constructive and productive negotiations".

South Korea approved a rare screening of North Korean movies at a local film festival on Tuesday, as a diplomatic thaw gains pace following two landmark summits between their leaders. He said North Korea understood that denuclearization must be "fully verified" and "final".

The countries did agree this weekend to set up a working group to iron out further disagreements and to meet Thursday to discuss recovering the remains of U.S. military personnel killed during the Korean War.

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