Russian foreign minister meets with North Korean counterpart

Russian foreign minister meets with North Korean counterpart

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in NY for a working dinner Kim Yong-chol, the former military intelligence chief and one of Kim Jong-un's closest aides.

Lavrov visited the secretive state for the first time since 2009, as North Korean and U.S. officials met for a second day to prepare the ground for an historic summit on June 12 between U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader.

President Donald Trump said that meetings with a North Korean delegation in NY have gone "very well" and that he expects the delegation to travel to Washington on Friday to deliver him "a letter from Kim Jong Un".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo clinks glasses full of Islay Scotch with North Korean general Kim Yong Chol at a dinner in NY on May 30, 2018.

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.

Lavrov spoke to his USA counterpart Pompeo by telephone for the first time on Wednesday ahead of the Secretary of State's dinner meeting with Kim Yong-chol.

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The US and North Korea are both deploying the widest range of diplomatic assets as their highly anticipated summit in Singapore, set for June 12, approaches - signaling that both sides want, and expect, the meeting to take place.

The adviser, Dr Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos weapons laboratory in New Mexico and now a Stanford professor, argues that the best the United States can hope for is a phased denuclearisation that goes after the most unsafe parts of the North's programme first.

Kim Yong Chol, believed to be 72, and Pompeo's talks will largely focus on rescheduling the summit.

But Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about "U.S. hegemonism", a comment that may complicate the discussions in NY.

Pompeo has frequently been involved in high-level talks with North Korean officials since joining the Trump administration, and traveled to the country earlier this month where he secured the release of three remaining USA citizens held by the country.

In Singapore, a USA summit preparatory team headed by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin has been coordinating summit logistics since Monday alongside Kim Chang Son, chief of staff to the North Korean leader.

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He invited Clinton to North Korea, but the visit never happened.

But within 24 hours he reversed course, saying it could still go ahead after productive talks were held with North Korean officials. Earlier video footage showed Kim arriving at the venue, with a plain-suited security presence, both United States and North Korean, much in evidence.

Kim Jong-chol, who many in South Korea hold responsible for a torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors in 2010, is the harder-edged of the two. He also expressed Moscow's support for an agreement Kim reached with Moon at a summit last month that focused on measures to ease hostilities and increase exchanges between the two Koreas.

Pompeo, Trump's former Central Intelligence Agency chief, has travelled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim, and has said there is a "shared understanding" between the two sides about what they hope to achieve in talks. One source said, "If there are any factions in North Korea that are opposed to the Kim Jong-un regime, they will know exactly when to act".

"If so, it could complicate Seoul's plan to declare an end to the war right after the US-North Korea summit", he said.

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