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North Korea official in U.S. for talks on summit, differences remain

North Korea official in U.S. for talks on summit, differences remain

Kim Yong Chol and Mike Pompeo meet in NY. Japanese media have also quoted government officials as saying Abe could visit Washington for talks with Trump before the G7 meeting. But Trump later said he was reconsidering his position and US, North Korean and South Korean officials have gone ahead with summit preparations.

"Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official met in NY on Wednesday over a steak dinner to try to salvage next month's summit between the North Korean and US leaders. "That is how you do these things". A senior State Department official told reporters Wednesday that for a summit to talk place, North Korea will have to make clear "what they're willing to do" in terms of commitments and action.

During his unusual visit, Kim Yong Chol had dinner for about an hour-and-a-half with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled from Washington to see him.

On his arrival in the US, Kim would be the most senior official to visit the United States since 2000, when Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok traveled to Washington to meet with then-President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. "The secretary of state is from the heartland and likes American food, and he's hosting someone who's never been to our country", the official said.

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In return for giving up its nuclear weapons, Pyongyang could potentially have Washington loosen sanctions, leading to possible food and other aid to impoverished North Korea and improved ties with South Korea.

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He expressed Moscow's support for a declaration last month in which North and South Korea agreed to work for the denuclearisation of the peninsula.

In further diplomatic moves ahead of the proposed summit, Russian Federation announced that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would visit North Korea on Thursday.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, was allowed into the United States despite being on a US sanctions list, but the State Department has said he would likely need additional approval to travel outside the NY area. The envisioned meeting between Japan and North Korea would likely take place between August 1 and 4 when the two ministers are expected to be in Singapore for the ASEAN Regional Forum, the sources said.

Kim Yong Chul, the vice-chairman of the Party Central Committee, has represented Kim Jong Un at key events this year, and is the young leader's top official in charge of relations between North and South Korea. The last step alone would take a decade, meaning a total of more than 15 years.

Evans Revere, a former State Department official who negotiated with North Korea, said at best, Pyongyang will discuss denuclearization in ambiguous terms and agree to decrease the capacity of its inter-continental ballistic missiles and allow inspectors in to its Yongbyon nuclear facility.

"I look forward to seeing what's in the letter", Trump said as he left Joint Base Andrews for a trip to Houston. "We welcome the summits that already took place between Pyongyang and Seoul as well as planned meetings between North Korean and USA leadership".

He was head of the RGB, North Korea's spy service, from 2009 to 2016 during the time the spy agency is believed responsible for the 2010 torpedoing of a South Korean naval vessel, the Cheonan, in which 46 sailors were killed. Trump had mused that Kim's "attitude" had changed after the North Korean leader's surprise visit to China two weeks ago, suggesting China was pushing Kim away from the table.


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