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

South Korea has suspended its summertime civil defence drills aimed at preparing against a North Korean attack to keep alive a positive atmosphere for nuclear diplomacy with the North.

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.

Pompeo insisted the talks were making progress but as soon as he left, the North's foreign ministry berated him over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and for offering no constructive steps on the U.S. side.

North Korean officials did not show up to meet U.S. officials to discuss returning the remains of United States soldiers killed in the Korean War on Thursday, and it's essentially a slap in the face to President Donald Trump.

North Korean negotiators failed to show up for scheduled talks with the U.S.at Panmunjeom, Thursday, on repatriating the remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, indicating a possible rift between the two countries in ongoing denuclearization talks.

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

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President Donald Trump speaks besides U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a news conference at the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 12, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Much progress has been made compared to 20 years ago but "significant humanitarian challenges" remain, Lowcock said. Sending the bodies back would demonstrate that North Korea can be trusted to some degree, and cost Pyongyang nothing in terms of military posture.

North Korea leader Kim Jung Un has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Pyongyang in September for National Day celebrations in a bid to strengthen economic ties.

Daily NK reported the lectures are not having the desired effect, and its source said the North Koreans attending the lecture appeared disinterested or bored.

According to a South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, Trump's decision to give Kim the CD comes after a conversation the two leaders had over lunch during their summit in June.

On Monday, Trump addressed the dispute on Twitter. The U.S. also risks giving the North Koreans leverage to continue diplomacy and drag out disarmament talks.

"Pyongyang has more faith in South Korea and China. Instead, he will feel more eased sided by South Korea and China and can certainly leverage the three-to-one advantage to constrain the U.S". It remains skeptical of the U.S. To Kim, he will be under a lot of pressure shall he next meet one-on-one with Trump.

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