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0:31, 31 May 2018

Best North Korea official to meet Pompeo in New York

Leading North Korea official to meet Pompeo in New York

The appropriate-hand man to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in New York to go over a historic summit with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Gen Kim Yong-chol flew in from the Chinese capital Beijing on an Air China flight.

He is the most senior North Korean to pay a visit to the US in practically 20 years.

President Donald Trump previously cancelled the 12 June summit but each sides have considering that created fresh efforts to hold it as planned.

Scheduled to take place in Singapore, the historic meeting would be the initial amongst sitting US and North Korean leaders.

Mr Pompeo plans to dine with Gen Kim ahead of talks on Thursday.

US officials have also met North Korean envoys in Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border, whilst far more US diplomats have arrived in Singapore to prepare for the event.

White Property spokesperson Sarah Sanders confirmed the leaders nevertheless planned to meet next month.

“As the president says, if it occurs, we’ll undoubtedly be ready,” Ms Sanders mentioned.

In further diplomatic moves ahead of the proposed summit, Russia announced that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would check out North Korea on Thursday.

He and Mr Pompeo spoke on Wednesday for the 1st time on the phone.

Best North Korea official to meet Pompeo in New York

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Salvaging a summit?

By Barbara Plett Usher, BBC state department correspondent in New York

The tone from the White Home has been upbeat in recent days and spokeswoman Sarah Sanders sounded optimistic that the summit would go ahead on 12 June, as initially planned.

She would not say, even though, what precisely Mike Pompeo needed to hear from Kim Yong-chol in order to make that take place.

Gen Kim is a seasoned nuclear negotiator and trusted help to Kim Jong-un. He would have the authority to give particulars about what Pyongyang can and cannot put on the table when it comes to negotiations on dismantling its nuclear weapons.

The fact that such a higher-level North Korean official has come to the US to try and patch issues up shows how much both leaders want the summit to go ahead.

President Trump cancelled the proposed summit in a letter, blaming “tremendous anger and open hostility” from North Korea.

The nation had strongly objected to statements by Trump administration members comparing North Korean denuclearisation to Libya’s.

Former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi gave up his nuclear programme only for him to be killed by Western-backed rebels a couple of years later.

Published at Wed, 30 May 2018 22:43:01 +0000

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