Trump confirms NKorean official headed to NY

Kim Jong-un commits to North Korea denuclearization as U.S. delegation arrives

Kim Jong-un commits to North Korea denuclearization as U.S. delegation arrives

Kim Yong Chol, a former North Korean spy chief and senior official, and his aide, Choe Kang Il, head of North Korea's Ministry of People's Security, are expected to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the USA this week.

Before he cancelled the summit, Trump did not rule out an incremental approach that would provide incentives along the way to the North.

Due to sanctions against him, Kim Yong Chol is banned from visiting the United States.

"I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day", President Trump said on Twitter. Since then, North Korea has rejected United States demands for it to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons programme. It'd be great for Japan and great for the world, great for the United States, great for China.

And Washington's State Department says.

"That got put on the back burner as North Korea rose as the top national-security concern, but it's never pushed too far back".

Kim Yong Chol, who is about 72, is a contentious figure outside North Korea.

And he was a bodyguard to Kim Jong Il, who is the current leader's father - or was his father - and moved up the ranks and, in 2009, essentially became head of the North Korean CIA and during his tenure, of course, has been responsible for violent acts against South Korea but has also had a long history of experience in private negotiations with South Koreans and Americans as well during the Obama administration.

According to the State Department, the US team met with North Korean officials at the same DMZ site, the village of Panmunjom.

A senior North Korean official is headed to NY for talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the latest indication that an on-again-off-again summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader may go ahead next month.

US and South Korean officials haven't confirmed the details of the pre-summit negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang at the border.

Even Mr. Trump's critics have credited the president for his negotiating skills in his recent dealings with Mr. Kim, and calling the summit a positive step.

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North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programmes as a deterrent against perceived aggression by the United States, which keeps 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. "That has given the Chinese tremendous leverage". We are paying lots of attention - arguably, too much attention - to the exact preliminary details of a possible summit meeting between the leaders of the United States and North Korea. Here is what the president said on that subject over the weekend.

INSKEEP: So who is this official Kim Yong Chol? "If the summit fails, if the U.S. tries to strengthen ... the maximum-pressure campaign", he adds, "China will be placed in a very uncomfortable place".

Both Koreas said a three-way summit is desirable when the two leaders met for the first time in Panmunjom on April 27. "What Xi does have very high on his agenda is driving a wedge between the United States and Seoul and undermining the alliance". "South Korea alliance, complete expulsion - the eviction of US troops and USA military assets - from the Korean peninsula", Tufts University professor Sung Yoon Lee told VOA News. "For them, what's not to like?"

Moon has played a critical role in delivering the positions of each side to the other while encouraging them to speak to each other, Yoon said.

Kim is a veteran negotiator. "And if President Trump's brand - and that's the right word here, going into this meeting - demands something like that, this is going to end up in a very bad place".

Pompeo's spokesperson said it would be the third meeting between Pompeo - who opened contacts with the isolated Pyongyang regime when he was still Central Intelligence Agency director - and General Kim.

But Washington wants North Korea's nuclear program to be the focal point.

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Trump thinks "ongoing discussions are going very well", Sanders said.

A White House statement later confirmed the 2 leaders' decision to meet before a possible US-North Korea summit.

"But, as the president has said", she added, "if it doesn't happen June 12 it could happen thereafter".

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