Kim-Trump summit: Top officials meet to salvage summit

Kim-Trump summit: Top officials meet to salvage summit

The right-hand man to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York to discuss a historic summit.

Gen Kim Yong-chol dined with Mr Pompeo after flying in from China, and the two are due to meet again on Thursday.

He is the most senior North Korean to visit the US in nearly 20 years.

US President Donald Trump told reporters he expects Gen Kim to come to Washington DC on Friday and deliver a letter from Kim Jong-un.

The president said he "looks forward" to reading the letter, and that talks are going "very well" between the two sides.

President Trump cancelled the 12 June summit, but both sides have since made fresh efforts to revive the plan.

Scheduled to happen in Singapore, the historic meeting between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un would be the first between sitting US and North Korean leaders.

On Wednesday evening, Mr Pompeo and Gen Kim arrived separately at a building close to the UN headquarters.

Emerging later, Mr Pompeo tweeted: "Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in New York tonight. Steak, corn, and cheese on the menu."

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Pompeo had set out the US position.

North Korea has strongly objected to statements by Trump administration members comparing North Korean denuclearisation to Libya's.

Former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi gave up his nuclear programme only for him to be killed by Western-backed rebels a few years later.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed the US and North Korean leaders still planned to meet next month.

"As the president says, if it happens, we'll certainly be ready," she said.

 

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