President Trump’s NKorean Peace Efforts Accelerate
President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that a top NKorean official is headed to New York for talks on an upcoming Summit between President Trump and NKorean leader Kim Jong Un.
President Trump Tweeted that Kim Yong Chol was traveling to New York as part of ongoing meetings between the 2 countries to arrange the Summit on the future of NKorea’s nuclear weapons.
President Trump Tweeted: “We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea. Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!”
Kim Yong Chol is a former military intelligence chief and now a Vice Chairman of the NKorean ruling party’s central committee.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim Jong Un, after which he said there was a “shared understanding” between the two sides about what they hope to achieve in the summit. It remained unclear whom Kim Yong Chol will meet in the United States.
A team of American diplomats involved in preparatory discussions was seen leaving a Seoul hotel on Tuesday, but it was unclear whether they went to Panmunjom, a village that straddles the border inside the DMZ, to continue talks with their NKorean counterparts following their 1st meeting Sunday. The US officials are led by Sung Kim, the US Ambassador to the Philippines, and formerly the US Ambassador to SKorea and a top negotiator with NKorea in past nuclear talks.