Former Diplomat Joel Wit On U.S.-North Korea Talks

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A senior North Korean official is headed to NY to discuss an upcoming summit, US President Donald Trump said, the latest indication that an on-again-off-again meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea's leader may go ahead next month.

"Since the president's May 24th letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North Koreans have been engaging", Sanders said.

Over the weekend, a team of United States diplomats met with North Korean officials in the Demilitarised Zone and White House logistics experts have been talking with North Koreans in Singapore about arrangements for the leaders' meeting there.

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he leaves after their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea.

Kim, one of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's most trusted aides, is a former military intelligence chief and now a vice chairman of the ruling party's central committee.

Instead, the officials said, it brought both sides to the table with increasing seriousness, as they work through myriad logistical and policy decisions to keep June 12 a viable option for the summit.

News 1 reported Kim and his delegation are staying at Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Representatives from North Korea will arrive in Beijing where you will visit Singapore.

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His move resulted in flurry of activities by the North Koreans, who then said that Pyongyang was willing to hold the meeting anytime in any form.

A top North Korean official and USA officials have also left for Singapore in preparation for the summit, reports said. He's on a USA sanctions list, so Kim Yong Chol needed a special waiver to go to NY, where the North Koreans have a diplomatic mission to the U.N. Michele Kelemen, NPR News, the State Department.

The White House said Tuesday the negotiations were going well and that the USA was prepared for the summit to take place, but did not specify the date.

South Korea's Yonhap news said Tuesday it saw the name of Kim Yong Chol on the passengers' list for a flight Tuesday from Beijing to Washington.

The president's tweet also referred in part to two USA 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.

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.

Trump withdrew from a planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim last Friday, but quickly announced it could still happen.

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