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Faye Gross | 31 May, 2018, 20:09

Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's former spy chief and a trusted aide to the country's leader, Kong Jong Un, touched down at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in the early afternoon and was expected to have dinner with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Manhattan ahead of meetings Thursday.

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.

The White House said on Wednesday that negotiations at the demilitarized zone along the border between North and South Korea for the summit were going well. He is the highest-level representative from the North to set foot in the United States since 2000.

The two countries do not have a diplomatic relationship and North Korea only has a mission in NY for its delegation to the UN. "Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to NY", he tweeted.

-North Korea summit, the White House said.

There is interest in whether Kim will meet with Trump in person to deliver a letter from the North Korean leader, leaving open the possibility that the four-star general may go to Washington with Pompeo.

Dialogue between the two sides began with a dinner meeting held in an apartment building near the United Nations headquarters at 7 p.m., ahead of further talks Thursday to finalize planning for a June 12 summit created to end a nuclear standoff that once threatened to plunge Korea back into war.

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Kim Yong-hyun, professor of North Korea studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, said Moon and Kim moved quickly to defuse the crisis after Trump's shock cancellation. Air Force chief backs changes to export controls Will North Korea summit happen?

Scheduled to happen in Singapore, the historic meeting would be the first between sitting USA and North Korean leaders.

The adviser, Kim Yong Chol, is thought to have been behind a 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment over a satirical film about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader. Japanese media have also quoted government officials as saying Abe could visit Washington for talks with Trump before the G7 meeting.

"We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea".

In a dizzying turnaround less than a week after Trump announced the cancellation of the summit, Kim, the director of North Korea's United Front Department, which is responsible for inter-Korean relations, departed for NY from Beijing Wednesday.

North Korea denied any involvement in either incident.

A Blue House official was sent to Singapore, Yonhap reported Wednesday, raising speculation that Moon was preparing to make his way there to pursue a trilateral meeting with Trump and Kim Jong Un.

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