Kirsters Baish| It’s no secret that North Korea and the United States of America are two very different nations. There was, however, one thing that happened this past weekend that proved that the two nations had one thing in common. Neither country likes fake news.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was paying a visit to North Korea, when he was confronted by a North Korean official. The Daily Caller reported that the official asked, “No CNN or NBC reporters?” after questioning which media outlets would be on the bus traveling from the airport to the reporters’ accommodations.
“In this van, no fake news,” he went on.
On the ride, the North Korean official was asked what would happen during the meetings. He answered in a fashion President Donald Trump would be proud of. He simply answered, “We’ll have to see, like your president says.”
While Pompeo stated that there was “a great deal of progress,” however “there’s more work to be done,” North Korea’s comments were less than enthused.
“I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!” President Trump sent out on Twitter on Monday.
I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2018
On Tuesday, President Trump seemed confident in the professional relationship between himself and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. He explained that he was planning on giving Kim Jong Un a copy of the song, “Rocket Man.” This is one of the nicknamed that CNN reported that President Trump had for Kim.
Pompeo brought the gift with him on his trip to North Korea, however, he did not meet with Kim, so the gift came back to the US with him. Trump and Kim spoke about the Elton John song during a summit. When Kim said that he hadn’t heard of it, Trump said he would bring it to him one day.
“They didn’t give it, I have it for him, they didn’t give it, but it will be given at a certain time,” Trump explained on Tuesday.
“I actually do have a little gift for him, but you’ll find out what that gift is when I give it,” he stated.
On Monday, Pompeo seemed to ignore the issues that stemmed from his trip to North Korea.
“Look, this is a decades-long challenge, getting the North Koreans to make a fundamental strategic decision, which is that the nuclear weapons that they possess today frankly present a threat to them and not security,” Pompeo stated, as reported by CNN.
Others have stated that the very fact that there were problems at all proves that there may be bigger issues which are are much worse that the Trump administration don’t want to acknowledge.
“Pompeo certainly showed that there’s a bigger gap between Washington and Pyongyang than the administration had been depicting,” stated Bruce Klingner from the Heritage Foundation. Klingner was formerly with the CIA, the The Hill reported.