Russia enters diplomatic dance with North Korea over nuclear weapons

Russia enters diplomatic dance with North Korea over nuclear weapons

Russia enters diplomatic dance with North Korea over nuclear weapons

Mike Pompeo met Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean official with a bad reputation, on Wednesday.

Eighteen years ago, then-President Bill Clinton hosted a top North Korean military official in the Oval Office to receive a letter from Kim Jong Un's father - Kim Jong Il.

The letter, delivered by one of Kim's aides, Kim Yong Chol, was due to be inspected by USA officials and, if cleared, given to Trump, according to administration officials cited in the report.

Pompeo also was scheduled to meet with Trump to brief him on the state of the talks.

He and Pompeo had discussions over dinner of steak, corn and cheese on Wednesday, Pompeo said in an earlier tweet.

Pompeo has dangled the possibility of economic aid if North Korea cooperates. He has been deeply involved in nuclear talks for years.

Kim was also known as the "toughest" North Korean negotiators in nuclear talks that broke down in 1992, according to the New York Times. It was not immediately clear who accompanied Kim Yong Chol on the North Korean side.

"We are doing very well with North Korea", Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before departing on a trip to Texas.

He vowed Russia's support for denuclearization and a broader effort to create a stable and long-lasting peace in the region, but indicated that Moscow believes sanctions can be eased while the process is in progress, which diverges from the USA position that denuclearization must come first. "It is very important to them". We will see what happens.

It's a prelude to a possible summit between Trump and Kim later this month to discuss the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear program.

Asked whether a summit meeting would be confirmed after that delivery, Pompeo said he did not know. "The people of #NorthKorea can have a brighter future and the world can be more peaceful".

"Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight. And that in the coming weeks and months, we will have the opportunity to test whether or not this is the case".

Gen Kim has previously served as chief of Pyongyang's top military intelligence agency, and was sanctioned twice by US and South Korea for his role in supporting North Korea's nuclear and missile programme in 2010 and 2016.

"China is a major party concerned with the Korean Peninsula issues, and will continue to play a suitable role as a signatory to the Armistice Agreement", she added.

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was "going to be a process", Trump said he believed that process would ultimately be "successful".

The usually secretive Kim Jong-un has given a glimpse behind North Korea's political veil by allowing news cameras inside the nation's parliamentary building during his historic meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The days since have seen a flurry of diplomatic efforts to get the summit back on track.

Kim Yong Chol met this week with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

He admitted that he still could not confirm whether the summit will go ahead.

The meeting was the first ever between the North Korean leader and a Russian official - and Lavrov used the opportunity to invite Kim for a return fixture in Moscow.

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