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North Korea-US summit on track, says Moon, after candid talks with 'friend' Kim Jong-un

North Korea-US summit on track, says Moon, after candid talks with 'friend' Kim Jong-un

USA officials are racing to lay the groundwork for President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, less than a week after Trump pulled out of the planned summit.

The man said to have masterminded the attack, North Korea's former spy chief Kim Yong-chol, is expected to arrive in NY on Wednesday in a flurry of diplomacy aimed to salvage an on-again, off-again summit between Kim Jong-un and President Trump.

"President Trump will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on June 7th here at the White House", she said.

"Chairman Kim agreed on that", he added.

Moon and Kim met on the South Korean side of Panmunjom on April 27, agreeing to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the change of the current armistice agreement into a peace treaty.

Trump's decision also came while U.S. and global journalists were in North Korea.

But aides nearly immediately suggested the meeting could still get back on track. Moon's journey to Washington was largely to prepare Trump for the summit just weeks before it was set to take place.

"Solid response to my letter, thank you!" tweeted Trump.

But General Kim is one of several North Korean officials under U.S. sanctions, but State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said she was sure that the USA had taken appropriate administrative steps to allow him to visit NY unmolested.

Diplomacy levels have accelerated ahead of a potential summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US team in NKorea raises expectations of a Trump-Kim summit
Trump withdrew from a planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim last Thursday, but quickly announced it could still happen. Kim Kye Gwan said North Korea appreciated Trump for having made the bold decision to work towards a summit.

Pompeo is scheduled to make a two-day trip to NY through Thursday to meet with the right-hand man of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. His arrival at Beijing's main airport and departure to NY was confirmed by Kyodo News. The talks take place Wednesday in the border truce village of Panmunjom.

"During the South Korea-U.S. summit, President Trump said the willing to clearly put an end to hostile relations (between the U.S. and North Korea) and help (the North) achieve economic prosperity if North Korea conducts denuclearization", he said.

But observers of the reclusive North, including the Wilson Center's Jean Lee, believe "Kim Yong Chol is the man who whispers in Kim Jong Un's ear".

U.S. negotiators, headed by Washington's current ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, met North Korean counterparts in the truce village of Panmunjom that divides the two Koreas on Sunday.

Kim Chang Son, Kim's de facto chief of staff, flew to Singapore via Beijing on Monday night, the report said.

Or, as others wondered, did the reference to master poker-playing signal Trump's recognition that China's Xi was cleverly playing all the cards in his hand, from North Korea and US-China trade issues to great-power relations?

Kim Yong Chol's numerous titles and positions in North Korea make him one of the country's most powerful individuals.

After the North's combative statements, there was debate inside the Trump administration about whether it marked a real turn to belligerence or a feint to see how far Kim could push the the leadup to the talks.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said earlier that he and North Korea's Kim agreed at a surprise meeting on Saturday that the possible North Korea-U.S. summit must be held, Moon told a news conference in Seoul.

Kim had requested a meeting with Moon to clarify what the "Trump model" meant, Yonhap news agency of South Korea reported, citing an unidentified foreign affairs source.

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