Top North Korean official arrives in New York for talks on summit

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Former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol arrived in New York Wednesday for a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A top North Korean official arrived in the USA on Wednesday for the highest-level talks between the two countries on American soil in 18 years, as the Trump administration works to prepare for a summit in Singapore with the isolated regime less than two weeks from now. 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 senior North Korean's visit marks the highest-level official visit to the United States in 18 years.

He was also in charge of the agency during the 2014 hacking attack against Sony.

Trump has sworn not to allow North Korea to develop nuclear missiles that could hit the United States and wants North Korea to "denuclearize", or get rid of its nuclear arms. South Korean media speculated that Pompeo could make a third trip to Pyongyang and that Kim Yong Chol was carrying a personal letter from Kim Jong Un and might push to travel to Washington to meet with Trump. He played a central role in a recent summit between Kim Jong-un and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders confirmed the leaders still planned to meet next month.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that Kim's trip to the U.S. was a "solid response" to his letter.

Mr Kim Chang Son, the de facto chief of staff of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flew into Singapore on Monday night and is believed to be staying at The Fullerton Hotel.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

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He invited Clinton to North Korea, but the visit never happened.

North Korea and the United States are still technically at war and have no diplomatic ties because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

The White House gave no details as to when the Trump-Abe meeting might take place, but both leaders are due to attend the G7 meeting of big industrial powers that runs from June 8 to 9 in Canada.

"The Secretary and Vice-Chairman Kim will discuss preparations for President Trump's expected summit with Chairman Kim Jong-un in Singapore", she said in a statement on Wednesday.

The negotiations are taking place on multiple tracks after Trump revived plans for the direct meeting with Kim, initially slated for June 12 in Singapore, but which the USA president called off last week.

Russian Federation on Wednesday also announced that its foreign minister would be in North Korea on Thursday for talks.

China has repeatedly said it is fully enforcing United Nations sanctions against North Korea and it would punish any Chinese company breaking them.