Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly brought a CD with the Elton John song “Rocket Man” as a gift for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at President Trump’s request during his visit to the country. Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Friday amid talks between the two countries over denuclearizing North Korea.
The Chosun Ilbo, a top newspaper in South Korea reported Pompeo brought two gifts for Kim, including a letter from President Trump and the CD.
Throughout last year, Trump had repeatedly referred to Kim as “Rocket Man” and “Little Rocket Man, during the escalating rhetoric between the two countries
Chosun Iibo also cited that a diplomatic source in Washington explained that the “Rocket Man” CD was “the subject of discussion during Trump’s lunch with Kim” when they first met for their historic summit in Singapore last month.
According to the outlet, when Kim referenced Trump’s nickname, Trump asked him if he’s familiar with the song. Trump later asked Pompeo to bring a copy of the CD during his subsequent trip.
Pompeo who landed at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on Friday was greeted on the tarmac by Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chul, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and two other officials before meetings in the country. He is expected to ensure North Korea fulfill its commitments on denuclearization as agreed during the Singapore summit.
It was not clear if Pompeo would meet directly with Kim, as he had done previously.