Kim Jong-un opts for potato farm visit over Mike Pompeo meeting

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"They didn't give it".

Trump faced a backlash for scrapping the drills, with critics saying he gave in too readily to Kim's request to halt the exercises while getting little in terms of tangible commitments from Pyongyang in return. Trump said he got Kim to agree to destroy a missile testing site, but that has yet to happen.

During Pompeo's recent trip, meant to negotiate the details of the nuclear agreement signed during the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, North Korea called denuclearization demands by the US "gangster-like".

Regarding the suspension of the Ulchi exercise, Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum said that the government reached the decision in consideration of the latest security climate and suspension of South Korea- US combined exercises. "We will steadfastly play a positive role and make constructive contributions towards pushing for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and peace and stability in the region", Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told press briefings repeatedly.

Shortly after Pompeo's departure, the North Korean foreign ministry issued a statement blasting his conduct as "unilateral and gangster-like".

Accusations from US politicians, however, have triggered nationalistic sentiment among Chinese netizens.

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However Mr Kim has not been seen in public for seven days, with every official move usually documented by news agency KCNA.

Seoul's decision on Tuesday to "temporarily suspend" the nationwide civilian drills had been anticipated since the United States and South Korea halted their annual military exercises following a summit last month between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

President Donald Trump said he hasn't yet given Kim Jong Un a CD with the song "Rocket Man" he autographed, but still plans to.

While China may be genuinely committed to pushing Pyongyang to denuclearize, it'll inevitably bear the brunt of any back-and-forth from North Korea's delivery, according to Tsai Tung-Chieh, a professor of worldwide politics at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, central Taiwan. Among other things, Kim told the farmers how important good-tasting potatoes are and counted the big trucks on the farm.

So far, North Korea has gained global standing and de facto sanctions relief by engaging in diplomacy with the United States and South Korea.

This morning, Trump was asked if the "Rocket Man" report was true.

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