Kim Yong Chol: The North Korean Envoy For US Talks

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A top North Korean official is on his way to the United States for talks about a landmark summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, as efforts to the make the meeting happen go into overdrive.

A US delegation is meeting with North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone on the Korean peninsula while a separate team led by Joe Hagin, a White House deputy chief of staff, is in Singapore coordinating logistics for the meeting, Sanders said.

Trump and Kim Jong Un were set to meet June 12 in Singapore, but Trump announced last week that he was pulling out.

A team of US government officials, including Joe Hagin, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, left the US Yokota air base in Japan for Singapore on Monday, NHK said.

Officials are discussing the substance of any summit agreement, focusing on the thorny issue of denuclearization, with a North Korean team led by Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui.

Kim Yong Chol, who previously headed the country's spy agency, has played a prominent role in negotiations with South Korea and the United States in recent months.

Kim is a former military intelligence chief and now a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee tasked with inter-Korean relations.

KELEMEN: But she says diplomats have to work quickly to get the June 12 summit back on track. Experts point to countries resistant to the US sanctions as helping keep Kim's $40 billion economy going, the Journal reported.

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"We're talking to them now", he said Friday.

Zhiguang Yin: In the past few weeks we have seen how much influence China can still have on the North Korea nuclear issue. He arrived in Beijing on Tuesday.

Confirming the news, Mr Trump said that meetings were under way about the summit "and more". The visit could be part of preparation for a proposed meeting between Mr Kim and President Donald Trump.

The president's tweet also referred in part to two US delegations overseas holding meetings in Singapore and North Korea with officials on diplomatic issues, along with a logistics team led by deputy chief of staff for operations Joe Hagin.

As Kim and Pompeo were meeting in NY, other USA teams were meeting with North Korean officials in Singapore and in the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone.

The latest news concerning the summit is that the two leaders may be joined by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

A major sticking point at the summit is expected to be how to denuclearise the North.

President Trump ratcheted up his pressure on the Hermit Kingdom last week, saying he planned on canceling the meeting after Kim's team failed to meet with USA negotiators to finalize plans.

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