North Korean Guide Cracks A Joke About ‘Fake News’ CNN And NBC During Pompeo’s Trip To Pyongyang

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One North Korean official reportedly decided to have a little fun with media accompanying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his recent visit to North Korea.

As reporters boarded a van that would take them from the airport to the guesthouse in Pyongyang, one of the media handlers asked about the various outlets represented. “No CNN or NBC reporters?” he asked, jokingly adding, “In this van, no fake news.” The two outlets have been targets of constant criticism from the Trump administration.

One of the reporters asked the guide what he expected from the meeting. “We’ll have to see, like your president says,” he responded, suggesting that he is very familiar with American media, as well as the accompanying drama.

The secretary of state wrapped up his two-day visit Saturday. He characterized the talks as “productive, noting that the two sides made “a great deal of progress,” but insisting that “there’s more work to be done.”

“We had many hours of productive conversations. These are complicated issues, but we made progress on almost all of the central issues,” Pompeo told reporters before leaving North Korea. (RELATED: Pompeo Insists Talks With North Korea ‘Productive,’ But ‘There’s Still More Work To Be Done’)

North Korea, however, described the talks as “regrettable,” asserting that Washington’s constant demands for unilateral disarmament and complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization threaten peace talks. (RELATED: North Korean Foreign Ministry Says Talks With Pompeo ‘Regrettable’)

The North Korean foreign ministry called the U.S. attitude and related demands “cancerous.”

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