Top North Korean official to meet with Trump this week: report

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A top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet this week in Washington, D.C., with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Bloomberg News reported. 

Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s former spy chief, will be in Washington on Friday for negotiations concerning North Korea’s nuclear program, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

{mosads}The meeting with Trump and Pompeo would come amid talks between the two countries to plan a second summit between Trump and Kim. The two leaders held their first summit last year in Singapore.

Trump earlier this month said that the U.S. was “negotiating a location” for a second summit and suggested an announcement would come in the near future.

“It will be announced probably in the not too distant future,” Trump told reporters. “They do want to meet and we want to meet and we’ll see what happens.”

At their first summit, which was held in June, North Korea made a vague promise to work toward denuclearization. 

Trump has since touted denuclearization progress in North Korea, but reports have emerged indicating that the country has expanded its nuclear program in the months since the summit.

U.S. sanctions against North Korea have also drawn the ire of Kim, who said in a New Year’s address that his country would need to seek a “new path” if the U.S. moves forward with sanctions and pressure.


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