Kim-Trump summit: N.Korean officials visit US, Singapore

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim seen answering questions at a forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines

While Pompeo is based in Washington, the North Korean diplomats accredited to the United Nations are based in NY and are not allowed to travel outside the city without special dispensation, making it the easiest place for meetings to be held.

Kim Yong-chol is the first high-level North Korean official to step foot on US soil in 18 years. Thank you very much, Scott.

A former North Korea spy chief, Kim Yong Chol is now a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee.

Trump appears optimistic that a meeting with Kim will take place, sending updates on the proposal on Twitter over Memorial Day weekend.

In the letter, Trump said he was canceling the summit because he felt it was "inappropriate" after the North Korean regime expressed "tremendous anger and open hostility" in recent comments.

According to the White House, Secretary of State Pompeo to meet with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in NY this week.

While Kim Yong Chol's trip to the United States could further brighten the prospects, history shows that plans for a summit could still crumble.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tapped veteran American diplomat Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, to handle pre-summit negotiations.

A separate USA team led by Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff in the White House, is organizing logistics with Kim Chang Son, who is effectively the North Korean leader's chief of staff.

But it's widely believed that their meeting is for the final coordination of the agenda for the Pyongyang-Washington summit - how North Korea will denuclearize. and how the USA will guarantee the Kim Jong-un regime's security.

Washington wants North Korea to quickly give up all its nuclear weapons in a verifiable way in return for sanctions and economic relief. "King Jong Un knows his program inside and out", Hayden said.

The latest flurry of diplomacy began on Saturday, when Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting at the border village of Panmunjom, during which they agreed the North Korea-U.S. summit must be held.

Sung Kim, the current USA ambassador to the Philippines and former chief nuclear envoy, arrived in Seoul on Sunday inquiring as to Pyongyang's level of commitment to denuclearization.

KELEMEN: He'll be the highest-level North Korean official to come to the U.S.in 18 years. And the issue becomes - is he just going to stay in NY and meet with Secretary of State Pompeo? The two had been set to meet June 12 in Singapore, but Trump announced last week that he had decided "to terminate the planned Summit" following a provocative statement from the North. Trump has since suggested the meeting could be back on.

Kim is the North Korean ex-military intelligence chief known for having knowledge and experience on the issues of denuclearization and security.

In Kim and Moon's first, upbeat meeting on 27 April, they agreed to seek the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula - but didn't define what that meant, or how that would proceed.

"We've got the South Korean president, I believe, providing a great benefit in this discussion, unless we are not all communicating in the same way", said Sen.

Kim and Pompeo are expected to hold extensive talks on big deals related to the North's denuclearization roadmap and security assurances for Pyongyang. From North Korea's point of view, he said, a US presence in the country might give Pyongyang a "sense of security" against a possible USA attack.

North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what it sees as USA aggression.

The CIA analysis reportedly suggests that the United States might be more successful in getting Kim to reverse the country's recent progress on its nuclear program, than getting the nation to denuclearize altogether.

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.

North Korea denied any involvement in the attacks. Kim was seen in the Beijing airport Tuesday by Associated Press Television.

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