US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, met on Wednesday with Kim Yong-chol, a senior advisor of the North Korean government, in the framework of the preparations for the summit between the leaders of both countries that could be held on May 12, June in Singapore.
The head of US diplomacy has held a working dinner in Manhattan for about 90 minutes with Kim Yong-chol, the vice president of the Workers Party of North Korea, to prepare the meeting between the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un , and the American president, Donald Trump, according to the American press.
The summit is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore but last week Trump announced his cancellation in a letter and there is still no official confirmation that the meeting will take place on that date and in that city.
Kim Yong-chol arrived at JFK International Airport on Wednesday and became the highest officer in North Korea to visit the country since 2000. After the work dinner, Pompeo has said on his Twitter account that it has been a positive encounter “Good work dinner with Kim Yong-chol in New York tonight,” he said, in a message accompanied by photos of the two greeting each other and toasting at the table.
Pompeo and the North Korean high officer have an agenda full of meetings during Thursday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday the United States “expected” Trump’s summit with Kim in Singapore on June 12. Known as the “right hand man” of Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-chol has arrived in the United States with a personal message from the North Korean leader, in an attempt to reactivate the dialogue between the two countries and confirm the Singapore meeting.
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