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Kim Jong-un Blew Off Mike Pompeo to Visit a Potato Farm

Kim Jong-un Blew Off Mike Pompeo to Visit a Potato Farm

Seoul and Washington said in June they would halt the joint exercise after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to end war games following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

"President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and honest exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S. -DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula", the leaders said in a joint statement.

Mr Pompeo had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.

President Trump and Kim Jong Un during the Singapore summit.

Kim also voices hope that "the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions".

North Korean officials have failed to turn up for talks with a United States team on the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean war.

According to President Trump, returning the remains of USA troops was agreed upon during the Singapore summit.

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The repatriation of the remains of US soldiers from North Korea has been a major issue between Washington and Pyongyang since the end of the Korean War, when thousands of Americans were left in Korea either missing in action or as prisoners of war.

During Mr Pompeo's trip relations between the U.S. and North Korea appeared to take a dive as Pyongyang accused the USA of a "gangster-like mindset" during the high-level negotiations.

The BBC reported speculation that North Korea may want payment for the return of the remains.

Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for two days last week in a bid to flesh out denuclearisation commitments made during last month's historic summit.

"We had anticipated the USA side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", a foreign ministry official said in a statement. "Great progress being made". Pyongyang has asked the UN Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a United States general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

Pompeo called the talks "productive", although North Korea said it was disappointed with the emphasis on denuclearization with a lack of security guarantees.

The article contrasts with the media narrative following the release of North Korea's statement that the negotiations took a turn for the worse during the sit-down.

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