Top U.S. diplomat Pompeo to meet senior North Korean official

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The summit had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, but Trump wrote a letter to Kim Jong Un last week saying he had chose to "terminate" the meeting.

The WPK said in a plenary session last month that North Korea would concentrate on economic construction to improve the lives of North Koreans.

Kim Yong Chol 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.

Dr Kim Sung-han, director of the Ilmin International Relations Institute at Korea University, told Inkstone that the recent back-and-forth indicated "the big gap between North Korea and U.S.in their approaches to denuclearization".

News 1 reported Kim and his delegation are staying at Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

Trump later confirmed this information in his Twitter. "Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this". He and Kim Jong Un's sister were the only North Korean officials to attend the historic inter-Korean summit of leaders in April. South Korean media speculated that Pompeo could make a third trip to Pyongyang after Kim Yong Chol's US trip.

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The White House announced a flurry of final preparations for President Donald Trump's planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un including a meeting with Japan's prime minister as it signaled confidence the on-again, off-again meeting will proceed. 3 - Kim Yong-chol is on the U.S. blacklist and should be banned from visiting the U.S. But it looks like he has been granted a waiver.

He said he expects the talks to go smoothly because Pyongyang and Washington both know what they want from each other.

South Korea's president Moon Jae-in gave details about his surprise meeting on Saturday with Mr Kim in the Panmunjom truce village, saying Mr Kim had committed to sitting down with Mr Trump and to a "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

"Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself", Trump wrote on Twitter, in Washington's first confirmation that USA officials had entered North Korea for the talks.

A statement from North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, said Kim expressed "his fixed will" on the possibility of meeting Trump as previously planned. But there are lingering doubts on whether Kim will every fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies. Another U.S. delegation was in Singapore to work on logistics.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday: "We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea".

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Abe stressed that the global community should be united to solve North Korea's nuclear, missile and abduction issues.

But North Korea's propaganda took a very aggressive line with the U.S. since Wednesday, threatening nuclear war and bashing Vice President Mike Pence.

They last met on Sunday with a group of North Korean officials headed by Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui.

During his unusual visit, Kim Yong Chol had dinner for about an hour-and-a-half with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who travelled from Washington to see him. Ties turned sour again after President George W. Bush took office in early 2001 with a tough policy on the North.

"Chairman Kim agreed on that", he added.

The general is a notorious figure in South Korea, where he is accused of masterminding the 2010 sinking of the Cheonan navy corvette, which killed 46 sailors, an attack for which North Korea denies responsibility. Both Seoul and Washington imposed sanctions on him in recent years.

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In principle, Kim is prohibited from traveling to the USA under Washington's sanctions against Pyongyang.

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