Expert Explains How North Korea Nuclear Issue Could Be Solved Without US

The planned historic summit is a dramatic turnaround from President Trump pulling out of talks last week after a war of words with Mr Kim's regime

A top North Korean official is on his way to United States for talks about a landmark summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump, as efforts to. make the meeting happen go into overdrive.

"A United States delegation is in ongoing talks with North Korean officials at Panmunjom", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, referring to a village in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that runs along the heavily armed border between North and South Korea.

The visit comes.as multiple meetings are taking place in different locations to set the agenda for the summit and the regime's denuclearization. Solid response to my letter, thank you!' Trump wrote in a tweet.

General Kim is one of several North Korean officials under USA sanctions, but State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said she was sure the US had taken appropriate steps to allow him to visit NY unmolested.

Meanwhile, a USA team led by current Ambassador to the Philippines and former United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim held its first meeting with a North Korean team led by Vice Foreign-Minister Choe Son Hui on Sunday on the DPRK side of Panmunjom.

Kim Yong Chol was seen at Beijing's airport just after noon as he was heading to his flight.

Planning for the historic summit, initially scheduled for June 12, appears to be moving ahead after the United States president called it off last week.

Trump confirmed in a tweet that Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief and trusted adviser to North Korea's leader, was on his way for what would be the highest-level meeting in this week's flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at salvaging the historic summit.

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. When Trump pulled out and then wanted back in the summit, North Korea showed real patience and demonstrated they are willing to restart the negotiations. It is reported by Japanese TV channel TBS.

"It will take bold leadership from Chairman Kim Jong Un if we were able to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to change the course for the world", he said. He held a welcome-home ceremony in the middle of the night at Joint Base Andrews for the three Americans in yet another sign of improving relations between the USA and North Korea that past presidents were unable to achieve.

But events have moved quickly since Kim Jong Un made a conciliatory New Year's address at the end of last year, following months of sharply rising tension and war-like rhetoric between Trump and Kim.

In a Monday phone call, Trump and Abe affirmed that they would meet ahead of the planned summit and discussed their shared goal of "complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs", the White House said in a statement.

The North Korean official was confirmed to be on flight CA981 bound for NY.

The U.S. has yet to confirm any details.

But Kim also said he was unsure whether he could trust the United States over its promise to end hostile policies against North Korea and provide security assurances if the country does abandon its nuclear weapons, according to Moon.

Yonhap quoted a source as saying that the North Korean official's ticket was booked just hours before his departure, possibly after being given the go-ahead by Washington as the U.S. had imposed a travel ban on him due to his connection with Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Those include two deadly attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans and an alleged 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

North Korea, which refers to its nuclear weapons program as its "treasured sword" keeping the country safe, has repeatedly said it is not interested in unilateral disarmament. And, on Sunday, the president said an American delegation was meeting with North Korean officials in preparation for the meeting.

Their second meeting came after inter-Korean relations had chilled in recent weeks, with North Korea canceling a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States that ended last week.

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