The mystery was resolved Tuesday when the official news agency KCNA put out no fewer than four reports on his trip to far-flung Samjiyon county, on the border with China, majority far more detailed than its usual accounts of his "field guidance" visits.
After the Singapore summit, Trump may have eroded China's leverage by directly engaging with Pyongyang, but that doesn't mean China will be left completely out of the equation, the professor said.
South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported last week that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought two gifts when he met with North Korean officials in Pyongyang: a letter to Kim from Trump, and an Elton John CD with the song "Rocket Man" signed by Trump.
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.
Mount said Trump's reaction would be a concern.
The yen is seemingly oblivious to this deterioration in Korean peninsula discussion.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in a potato field.
4% of GDP: Trump pushes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to double military spending
He told fellow leaders he would prefer a 4 percent target, closer to the 3.6 percent of GDP the United States spends on defense. Singling out Germany isn't necessarily fair, said defense analyst Sophia Besch of the Center for European Reform.
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 United States side. "But, it seems that the USA misunderstood our goodwill and patience".
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.
The latter - a joint production between Britain, Belgium and the North - was earlier screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the South's Busan International Film Festival to positive reviews.
"Kim has played Trump like a Stradivarius". He repeated that the United States would not push for any sanctions relief until after North Korea proved its nuclear program no longer existed and could not be rehabilitated.
He added that Trump has won the "face" as the peacemaker, but will require China to deliver the "lining" on denuclearization as Beijing has a bigger say in awarding Pyongyang economic gains.
Wang, in addition, disagreed that Kim is planning on a second summit with Trump in Switzerland as he said such a summit isn't in the interests of either country.
This morning, Trump was asked if the "Rocket Man" report was true.