Trump says US team in NKorea planning summit with Kim

Trump says US team in NKorea planning summit with Kim

Trump says US team in NKorea planning summit with Kim

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

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in told reporters Sunday that the United States and North Korea would soon start working-level talks to set the agendas and make other preparations for the Trump-Kim summit.

Trump also said that talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have "gone very well".

As Pompeo, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, met also with the North Korean leader during those two occasions, it is being closely watched if Kim Yong Chol will see Trump.

A heightened level of presidential urgency is spurring discussions among American and North Korean counterparts two weeks ahead of an off-again, on-again summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. South Korea-based Yonhap News cited diplomatic sources as saying Kim was on an Air China flight that departed in the afternoon, and US officials familiar with planning have said he was scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday.

The White House says President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plan to meet in advance of the "expected meeting" between Trump and North Korea's leader.

Kim Yong Chol, the highest-level North Korean official to travel to the US since 2000, was flying to NY on Wednesday.

Since then, North Korea has rejected USA demands for it to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons programme that experts say could threaten the United States.

North Korea has tested dozens of missiles of various types in the past two years, including one launch of its largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile, which is theoretically capable of hitting anywhere in the United States, on November 29.

The Moon and Trump administrations very much want the meeting, he said, "and Kim says he wants a summit, so it's going to happen".

Pentagon official Randall Schriver was also part of the U.S. team, the United States official said.

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Meeting trump and Kim Jong UN should pass on June 12 in Singapore, reminiscent of "Bagnet".

Trump confirmed the general was on his way in a tweet and boasted that Washington would have a "great team" for the talks aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff. There is a team of American officials meeting in North Korea to discuss this.

Nauert's statement confirms these intentions: "We continue to prepare for a meeting between the President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un", she says.

Following an unusually provocative 2017 in which Kim's engineers tested a purported thermonuclear warhead and three long-range missiles theoretically capable of striking mainland US cities, the North Korean leader has engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity in recent months.

Trump said they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un. Kim Young Chol, the vice- chairman of North Korea, heading now to NY.

Kim will be the first senior North Korean official to visit the United States in nearly 20 years.

Trump announced that Kim Yong Chol was coming to NY for talks with Pompeo in a tweet on Tuesday in which he said he had a "great team" working on the summit.

But events have moved quickly since Kim Jong Un made a conciliatory New Year's address at the end of last year, following months of sharply rising tension.

Trump's tweet offered praise for the longtime USA adversary, and the latest signal that his concerns about the North's stance toward the summit have been allayed.

US officials have talked about a comprehensive one-shot deal in which North Korea fully eliminates its nukes first and receives rewards later. 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".

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