North Korean spy chief’s visit to Washington shrouded in mystery

North Korea's lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the United States Kim Yong Chol is expected to arrive in Washington by the weekend a potential sign the two countries are getting closer to finalizing plans for a second summit between President Donal

The letter comes as the two sides negotiate details of a second meeting between the two leaders. It was flown to Pyongyang and delivered by hand, the source said on Monday night.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted an unidentified diplomatic source as saying Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol could meet this week.

This picture taken on April 27, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) bidding farewell during a closing ceremony of the inter-Korean summit in the truce village of Panmunjom.

Both Hanoi and the central Vietnam city of Danang have been viewed by analysts as possible locations for a second summit.

Pompeo had planned to meet his North Korean counterpart to discuss the second summit of November 2018, however, the meeting was postponed.

North Korea's vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, arrives with members of the North Korean delegation ahead of talks with their United States counterparts at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Singapore June 11, 2018.

Kim and Trump held a historic meeting in Singapore on June 12 past year where they issued a vague goal for the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula without describing when and how it would occur. Talks are now stalled due to the lack of a clear disarmament road map.

Trump admitted he agreed on the spot to pause U.S.

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Some 250 South Koreans and 15 members of a foreign delegation will take part in the two-day event, which will include a meeting to discuss ways to strengthen the unification movement, as well as a banquet and a performance by North Korean artists, it said.

According to Trump, the parties are in the process of agreeing on a venue for the meeting.

Trump made little mention of North Korea in his public remarks at the Pentagon Thursday but the underlying missile defense strategy emphasizes efforts to improve protection measures against the existing North Korean arsenal.

"South Korea and the USA are closely coordinating for the next working group video conference", Noh Kyu-duk, the ministry's spokesman, told a regular press briefing.

Pyongyang had stopped missile and bomb testing and if it had not been for his administration "you'd be having a nice big fat war in Asia", he said.

South Korea first called North Korea its "main enemy" in 1995, a year after North Korea threatened to turn Seoul into "sea of fire", a term the North has since repeatedly used when confrontations flared with the South.

"Pyongyang is clearly dissatisfied with what it has been hearing from Secretary Pompeo and other senior U.S. officials and is eager to go over the heads of the President's aides in order to engage directly with President Trump", Evans Revere, a former USA principal deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, wrote in a paper presented in Seoul on Wednesday.

Kim Yong Chol will be the first top North Korean official to stay overnight in Washington since the late Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok did so ahead of talks with then-President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000.

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