Korean official's United States visit reminiscent of 2000 diplomacy

Kim Jong-un commits to North Korea denuclearization as U.S. delegation arrives

US team in North Korea raises expectations of a Trump-Kim summit

But he said that, after what has now been two meetings with Kim Jong Un and three with Kim Yong Chol, he believes the North is at least ready to consider meeting USA demands for denuclearization. "These calls have been ongoing over the last couple of weeks". "And if President Trump's 'brand, ' and that's the right word here, going into this meeting demands something like that, this is going to end up in a very bad place", Hayden said on ABC's This Week.

The meetings were trumpeted by Trump later Sunday afternoon, when he tweeted, "Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself". A team of United States officials was also in Singapore for preparations.

"We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea", Trump said in a Twitter post on Tuesday. Two weeks of hard-nosed negotiating, including a communications blackout by the North and a public cancellation by the USA, appeared to be paying off as the two sides engaged in their most substantive talks to date about the meeting.

"Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to NY". Solid response to my letter, thank you!' Trump wrote in a tweet.

Pompeo, Trump's former Central Intelligence Agency chief, has traveled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim Jong Un, and has said there is a "shared understanding" between the two sides about what they hope to achieve in talks.

Due to sanctions against him, Kim Yong Chol is banned from visiting the United States normally.

Meanwhile, a team of American diplomats are holding preparatory discussions with North Korean officials at the DMZ. But DeTrani, who's met him, doesn't see it that way. He's a former US diplomat who's been involved in negotiations with North Korea over the years. The administration would do well to listen to three former national security officials who urge us to get away from the all-or-nothing Trumpian approach, which devolves into a binary choice between complete denuclearization or war.

But that did not stop North Korea's state media from continuing its criticism of allied military exercises on Tuesday, saying if Washington "sincerely hopes for the talks, it should stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force". Trump and Abe "affirmed the shared imperative of achieving the complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs", the White House said in a statement. Trump hosted South Korean President Moon Jae-in last week.

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The North Korean delegation appeared to include Choe Kang-il, acting director-general for North American affairs at Pyongyang's Foreign ministry, and Kim Song-hye, an official who has always been in charge of inter-Korean issues.

Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk also did not say whether Seoul knew of any United States plans regarding Kim Yong-chol's possible visit, such as whether he and Pompeo have plans to meet.

Moreover, the dispatching of one U.S. diplomatic team to Singapore, where the June 12 summit was scheduled to take place, and another to the North Korean side of the Korean Peninsula's demilitarized zone for meetings Tuesday with senior North Korean officials, underscored the intensive efforts under way to put the summit back on track.

Moon, who has lobbied hard for nuclear negotiations between Trump and Kim Jong Un, held a surprise meeting with the North Korean leader on Saturday in an effort to keep the summit alive.

"If we could hold working-level, back-to-back talks on both sides of Panmunjom if urgently necessary in addition to formal summits, it would expedite faster advancement of inter-Korean relations", Moon told his aides.

'Kim's official counterpart is Pompeo but he may also push for meetings with (National Security Advisor John) Bolton and even Trump if possible, ' Chung told AFP.

The United States has struggled to slow the isolated country's weapons programs, which have become a security priority for Washington given Pyongyang's promise to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.

The on-again-off-again talks, centred around denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula, have seen a flurry of activity in recent days since Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong-un calling off their high-stakes diplomatic date.

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