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Kim Yong-chol: the ultimate North Korean regime insider

Top North Korea Envoy to Hold Crucial Talks in US About Proposed Summit Kim Yong-chol: the ultimate North Korean regime insider
Patty Aguilar | 01 June, 2018, 06:46

The conference had been scheduled for June 12 in the island nation, but Trump announced last week that he had chose to "terminate" the meeting following a provocative statement from the North and its decision to skip planning talks and ignore preparatory phone calls. "He's capable, level-headed, cautious, and has solid grasp of the issues and knows North Koreans well". We're looking at June 12 in Singapore.

"If that is a U.S. decision, I wonder how that is going down in Pyongyang", Carlin said, noting that the two times Pompeo visited North Korea, he was invited to the heart of power in Pyongyang. The president's Sunday tweet offered praise for the longtime USA adversary, another signal that his concerns about the North's stance toward the summit had been allayed.

A senior figure in the North Korean regime was en route to the USA on Wednesday, and Russia's top diplomat was preparing to visit Pyongyang as diplomatic preparations for a historic nuclear summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un gathered pace.

Kim Yong-chol co-ordinated the North Korean leader's two meetings with Mr Pompeo in April and May.

In a tweet Sunday, President Trump said the US delegation had arrived in North Korea to continue planning for the summit with Kim Jong Un.

Replying to reporters at the White House on Saturday, May 26, Trump said: "It's moving along very nicely".

"State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says a 'U.S. delegation is in ongoing talks with North Korean officials" inside the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea that was created at the end of the Korean War. Sung Kim, the former USA ambassador to South Korea and current ambassador to the Philippines, led that American delegation, an American official told Reuters. 7 - The working-level talks in Panmunjom are reported to be carrying on for a third day today.

Officials wouldn't say that the June 12 Singapore summit was back on, but preparations on both sides of the Pacific proceeded as if it were. DeTrani, the former USA negotiator, says having Kim Yong Chol come to the U.S.is a good sign.

USA defense and intelligence officials have repeatedly assessed the North to be on the threshold of having the capability to strike anywhere in the continental US with a nuclear-tipped missile — a capacity that Trump and other USA officials have said they would not tolerate.

Moon noted his meeting with the North Korean leader may help revive the Trump-Kim summit but said the fate of the historic summit will largely depend on direct dialogue between the two countries, reports Yonhap News Agency.

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The ministry said in a release Monday the U.S.

Russian Federation says Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will travel to North Korea for talks on Thursday.

"Chairman Kim agreed on that", he added. Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to NY.

In Singapore, a separate team led by White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin met Tuesday with a North Korean delegation led by Kim Chang-son, a senior official at the State Affairs Commission, to arrange the logistics, sources said.

The U.S. and North Korea have been talking, Mr. Trump has said, and North Korea's vice chairman Kim Young Chol will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY this week, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. North Korea has officially denied the incident.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency also reported Kim Yong-chol arrived in the Chinese capital on Tuesday morning and reserved a flight to New York City. But in March, when South Korean K-pop groups appeared in Pyongyang, Kim Yong Chol went to speak to the South Korean press that had traveled for the performance and reportedly introduced himself this way: "I'm Kim Yong Chol, the man you blame of sinking the Cheonan".

Mr Kim may see the sit-down with Mr Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies.

The trip, if made, would likely be made around June 12 when US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet for the first time, the official from Seoul's presidential office, the Blue House, said.

DETROW: That's right. And that's the key point here because so much focus from President Trump and elsewhere has been on just the summit itself - we are going to have a summit.

During his tenure as a senior intelligence official, Kim was accused by South Korea of masterminding deadly attacks on a South Korean navy ship and an island in 2010.

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