Newly released video footage from North Korean state media shows President Donald Trump returning a salute to a North Korean military general during this week's summit in Singapore, an extraordinary display of respect from a US president to a top officer of a hostile regime.
"It's a common courtesy when a military official from another government salutes, that you return that", presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters two days after Trump returned from his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
Pompeo met in Seoul Thursday with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
Putin said the meeting could take place during the Eastern Economic Forum in the city of Vladivostok in September this year, or can be organized separately.
"Complete denuclearization certainly encompasses" the verification of nuclear sites and programs in North Korea, he added.
North Korea says it will destroy a large-scale facility in Tongchang-ri, in North Pyongan Province, that was used to test engines for the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Thursday.
The official KCNA news agency ran a glowing dispatch, describing it as an "epoch-making meeting" that would help foster "a radical switchover in the most hostile (North Korea)-US relations".
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Putin added that Russian Federation is ready to "make all necessary efforts to establish ties, including in economic cooperation" with North Korea. "We can schedule this meeting regardless of worldwide events between our foreign ministries", he said.
"North Korea is a real and present threat".
On Tuesday, the president and North Korea signed an agreement that aims to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Their intercontinental ballistic missiles have the range to hit the USA mainland, though there are still major questions about their accuracy and ability to deliver an in-tact warhead.
"The president is optimistic, and he needs to be, he's the guy negotiating, and he needs to make the other side feel like he's serious about getting something done".
Pompeo travelled from Singapore to South Korea to brief the US's regional allies on the summit, and on Trump's surprise announcement that he was ending routine US-South Korea military drills.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, over half of Americans approve of how Trump has handled North Korea, but only a quarter think the summit will lead to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.