Mike Pompeo Flubs Kim Jong Un's Name, Forgets Custom Of Countless Asians

10 May, 2018, 06:45 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Spectators listen to a television news broadcast of a statement by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un before a public television screen outside the central railway station in Pyongyang

Pompeo also reaffirmed Washington's commitment to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula by cooperating with the North, as he sat down with Kim Yong-chol, head of the North's United Front Department handling inter-Korean relations and a close political aide to Kim Jong-un. "God Bless America, the greatest nation in the world".

"PUST faculty members [who are] USA citizens are still barred from traveling to North Korea as of now", Park says.

It's not known what - if anything - President Trump did to arrange for their release. Trump announced the mission Tuesday afternoon as he laid out his case for withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, another bitter United States adversary.

The official North Korean media quoted Kim on Wednesday as saying the encounter with Trump "would be a historic meeting" and an "excellent first step toward promotion of the positive situation development in the Korean peninsula and building a good future". "If the meeting goes smoothly and successfully", he says, US citizens could once again be headed for PUST's classrooms and laboratories. It was their second encounter in less than six weeks to prepare the first-ever meeting between sitting USA and North Korean leaders. "Now we are hopeful that we can work together to resolve this conflict", Pompeo said, adding that "there are many challenges along the way".

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According to China´s official Xinhua news agency, Kim told Xi that "relevant parties" should "abolish their hostile policies and remove security threats against the DPRK".

He said he appreciated the North Korean leader's decision to release the Americans ahead of their planned summit.

They are the latest in a series of Americans to be held in North Korea for alleged anti-state activities in recent years, only to be freed during the visit of a high-level USA official or statesman.

Speaking to reporters, Pompeo said his meetings in Pyongyang were "very productive".

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"Though we're not quite back home yet, I welcomed them back", Pompeo told Associated Press.

In the first instance, it may well be the mere presence of the US President at such talks which will give global legitimacy to the North Korean leader who craves respect. On learning of the release of Tony, who also uses the name Kim Sang-duk, his family expressed gratitude and credited Trump for engaging directly with North Korea.

There's also the "fire and fury" threatened by Mr Trump in response to North Korean nuclear tests which is now, it seems, producing tangible results.

Daniel Russel, until recently the most senior USA diplomat for Asia, said the prisoner release would reduce tensions, but was not a sign that peace was at hand. North Korea is stating clearly that what is on the table is merely tension reduction and possible ultimate global arms reduction.

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