On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left for North Korea bearing an unusual gift for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un from President Trump: an Elton John CD with his song “Rocket Man.”
As Korean media reports, a Washington diplomatic source in Washington said, “The ‘Rocket Man’ CD was the subject of discussion during Trump’s lunch with Kim. Kim mentioned that Trump referred to him as ‘rocket man’ when tensions ran high last year. …Trump then asked Kim if he knew the song and Kim said no.”
Trump reportedly wrote a message on the CD and signed it.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported, “The United States appears to have shelved an ‘all or nothing’ approach to North Korean denuclearization as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to head back to North Korea this week hoping to agree a roadmap for its nuclear disarmament.”
Korean media stated that Pompeo will likely discuss the details of returning the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War as well as the timing of the North’s dismantlement of the Tongchang-ri missile engine test site and permission for U.S. monitors to observe the process.
Trump called Kim “Rocket Man” during an address to the U.N. General Assembly on September 19, 2017, saying, “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
Four days later, he tweeted;