U.S., North Korea enter second day of nuclear talks

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Kim Yong Chol was previously chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a top North Korean military intelligence agency, and has spent almost 30 years as a senior member of the intelligence community. Referring to denuclearization, Sanders said that, "as long as that is part of the discussion, we're going to focus on the June 12" date.

Depends on closing gaps in talks MORE traveled to NY on Wednesday where he dined with a top North Korean official amid talks with the country's officials about possibly rebooting a planned June 12 summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse GOP prepares to consider Trump's billion clawback Mexico's president fires back at Trump: We will never pay for your wall Trump in Nashville claims people were "infiltrating" his campaign MORE and Kim Jong Un.

A senior North Korean official made a rare visit to the United States on Wednesday for talks about a possible summit between the leaders of the two countries but the sides appeared far apart on the central issue of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons. "And a nuclear-capable North Korea with missiles that can reach the United States is unacceptable", Harris said.

Kim Jong Un is reportedly offering to open an American burger chain in North Korea as a "show of goodwill".

The New York meetings follow high-level conversations Pompeo held in North Korea in April and earlier in May and are meant to get negotiations between the two long-time adversaries back on track.

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The envisioned meeting between Japan and North Korea would likely take place between August 1 and 4 when the two ministers are expected to be in Singapore for the ASEAN Regional Forum, the sources said.

The State Department released photos of a smiling Pompeo shaking hands with Kim Yong Chol, pointing out NY landmarks to him by a window and toasting his guests.

Kim Yong Chol is known to be hard to work with, sarcastic and not sufficiently deferential to his superiors, Leadership Watch said.

It was the third meeting between the two officials who are working to finalize planning for a June 12 summit created to end a nuclear standoff that once threatened to plunge Korea back into war.

The talks come as preparations for the highly anticipated summit in Singapore were barrelling forward both in the USA and in Asia, despite lingering uncertainty about whether it will really occur, and when.

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North Korea's position going into the meetings with Pompeo in NY, meanwhile, was that a pledge of denuclearization alone should open the way to economic relief, said the official, who is familiar with the talks and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"He. expressed his intention to put an end to the history of war and confrontation through the success of the North-US summit and to cooperate for peace and prosperity", Moon told reporters on Sunday.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also expressed optimism about a nuclear summit.

Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make the nuclear deal that has evaded others, but he pledged to walk away from the meeting if he believed the North wasn't serious about discussing dismantling its nuclear program. Trump hosted South Korean President Moon Jae-in last week.

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