Top North Korean envoy boards flight for talks in U.S.: Yonhap

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Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's former spy chief, is traveling to NY to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later this week while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to come to Washington for a meeting with Trump June 7, five days ahead of the scheduled summit, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

But while Trump reportedly promised Abe in April that he would raise the abductee issue in his meeting with Kim Jong Un, Monday's White House statement did not say whether the President has reiterated this promise.

"Chairman Kim agreed on that", he added.

Mr Moon told reporters on Sunday that Mr Kim "again made clear his commitment to a complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", and told the South Korean leader that he is willing to cooperate to end confrontation and work toward peace for the sake of the successful North Korea-US summit.

Another source said Kim had planned to make a trip to Washington, D.C., but he changed the destination apparently due to its sensitivity.

Trump announced the meeting with Kim Yong Chol earlier in the day.

Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted Abe as saying that the two leaders had agreed to cooperate to make the summit between the USA president and North Korean leader meaningful.

Kim Yong Chol at Beijing airport on Tuesday. The president noted Kim Yong Chol's visit, calling it a "solid response" to his letter.

The government of South Korean President Moon Jae-in also may be seeking to meet with the US president and North Korean leader in Singapore.

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Their talks will be aimed at determining whether a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un, originally scheduled for June 12 but later cancelled by Trump, can be restored, USA officials have said. He's set to land in NY on Wednesday on a flight from Beijing, Yonhap said. They later reported that Kim changed his flight to go to NY on Wednesday.

He has also sought to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s, making it a priority of his administration, and has repeatedly asked Trump to broach the issue with Pyongyang.

The U.S. officials are led by Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, who formerly was the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and a top negotiator with North Korea in past nuclear talks.

It is reported by Japanese TV channel TBS.

But analysts say North Korea will be unwilling to cede its nuclear deterrent unless it is given security guarantees that the U.S. will not try to topple the regime. Kim Young (sic) Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to NY.

After Trump canceled the meeting, North Korean state media have reported on Kim's "fixed will" that the summit with Trump go forward.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has called for the building of a world-class beach resort in the eastern port city of Wonsan, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Saturday (May 26). 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, Moon said.

Moon held a surprise meeting with the North Korean leader Saturday in an effort to keep the summit alive.

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