Visiting potato farm instead

Kim Jong Un snubbed US secretary of state Mike Pompeo

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang last Friday/Saturday in an attempt to agree details of a deal made during June's historic summit between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

However, Kim had not been seen in public for seven days, which is awkward with every official move usually documented by news agency KCNA.

During Pompeo's trip, relations between the US and North Korea appeared to take a dive as Pyongyang accused the US of a "gangster-like mindset" during the high-level negotiations. Pompeo later described the talks he did have with Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's right-hand man, as "productive", but he did not meet with Kim.

And after the week-long news hiatus, on Tuesday KCNA released four reports of the leader's trip to Samjiyon county on the Chinese border. He was pictured kneeling down in the soil on the Junghung potato farm where he is said to have told staff to plant high-yield varieties.


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