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The man sent by North Korean leader to U.S. for high-level talks

The man sent by North Korean leader to U.S. for high-level talks

As Pompeo, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, met also with the North Korean leader on those two occasions, it is being closely watched if Kim Yong-chol will see Trump.

North Korea's position going into the meetings with Pompeo in NY, meanwhile, was that a pledge of denuclearization alone should open the way to economic relief, said the official, who is familiar with the talks and spoke on condition of anonymity. "It was the first official meeting with him face to face", TASS quoted a source in the minister's delegation as saying.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang during their meeting on Thursday.

Mr Pompeo tweeted a few hours after Mr Kim landed in the city: "Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight".

Kim Yong-chol - a vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea who has the rank of general - is the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the United States in nearly two decades. "That is how you do these things".

Earlier, a US official said negotiations about the summit's agenda have so far been slow going, and the two fundamental issues, the definition of North Korean denuclearization and whether both sides would take actions at the same time or separately, remained unsettled. It's not clear if they will extend their meetings with North Korean officials.

A senior U.S. State Department official briefed reporters separately as Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol met late on Wednesday. "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.

The display of friendship is part of diplomatic efforts to save a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un due in less than two weeks. But the authors of the study say time is also needed to assuage North Korea's security concerns.

But Kim is under USA sanctions for his alleged role in North Korea's nuclear program and other illicit activities, including the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors.

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

The upcoming meeting heightens expectations for an unprecedented summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore in June.

"I know the secretary looks forward to engaging him in NY", she said.

The on-again-off-again summit might very well go ahead as planned, considering that a White House pre-advance team has arrived in Singapore in order to prepare should the summit take place.

Some of Washington's top officials working on North Korea - including national security adviser John Bolton and Susan Thornton, the State Department's acting ambassador for East Asia and Pacific affairs - have said publicly that Trump will seek a deal that involves North Korea rapidly denuclearizing.

Should he choose to go, it will represent the first visit by a North Korean leader to Russian Federation since Kim's father, the late Kim Jong Il, visited in August 2011.

There were reports earlier on Wednesday that South Korean officials were noting "quite significant" differences between the United States and North Korea over denuclearisation.

"Since the president's May 24 letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North Koreans have been engaging", Sanders said.

The White House emphasized that it has remained in close contact with South Korean and Japanese officials as preparations for the talks continue.


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