Trump to Meet Abe to Prepare for Planned North Korea Summit

Ivanka Trump and Kim Yong Chol of the North Korea delegation attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

Ivanka Trump and Kim Yong Chol of the North Korea delegation attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

General Kim Yong Chol landed at Beijing airport on Tuesday and will journey on to NY on Wednesday, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYPD has received 18 percent more threats of school violence this year than last: report GOP congressman says he's leaving Congress because "all I do is answer questions about Donald Trump" Edward Snowden: Russian collusion is too "complicated" for Trump MORE then canceled the summit because of North Korea's hostile comments, including comments directed at Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump will never sacrifice American security in dealing with North Korea Indiana middle school shooting survivors protest NRA China's fingerprints on summit's cancellation, so United States must push back MORE and National Security Adviser John Bolton, as well as skepticism that Pyongyang was truly committed to denuclearization.

"Meetings are now taking place concerning Summit, and more", Trump said in a Twitter posting that misspelled the envoy's name.

Trump sent a letter last week to Kim Jong Un saying the summit scheduled for June 12 would not happen, blaming what he said was "tremendous anger and open hostility" shown in a statement by the North Korean leader.

Choe previously served as a deputy director of the Foreign Ministry's North American Affairs Bureau and was an aide and interpreter in the now defunct six-party talks to denuclearize North Korea.

There has been back and forward over whether the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will go ahead.

And on Sunday, the U.S. State Department said American and North Korean officials had met at Panmunjom.

During his tenure as a senior intelligence official, Kim was accused by South Korea of masterminding deadly attacks on a South Korean navy ship and an island in 2010 and was linked by U.S intelligence to a cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014.

Kim Yong Chol would become the highest-ranking official from the isolated nation to visit the USA since 2000, when Pyongyang sent Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok to meet then-President Bill Clinton.

At the same time, a "pre-advance" team was travelling to Singapore to meet with North Koreans, the White House said.

Trump wrote in a tweet.

Kim was reportedly accompanied at Beijing airport by deputy director general for North American affairs at the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs Choe Kang Il, though reports did not say if Choe would accompany Kim to NY.

Pompeo has traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, twice in recent weeks for meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and has said there is a "shared understanding" between the two sides about what they hope to achieve.

His journey to the USA caps a frenetic few days of meetings between North Korean and American officials.

Kim Yong Chol has recent experience meeting with high-level U.S. officials, having held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang earlier in the month. Kim took part in denuclearization talks with North Korea a decade ago and is highly regarded in that capacity. Sung Kim, the former USA ambassador to South Korea and current ambassador to the Philippines, led that American delegation, an American official told Reuters.

The Washington Post first reported the team met with Choe Son Hui, the North Korean vice foreign minister.

He also said Kim Jong-un had committed to a "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula". China and South Korea have expressed a willingness to engage the North diplomatically and even economically, even while United Nations sanctions remain in place.

During Moon and Kim's second border meeting Saturday, the two leaders exchanged views on how to prepare for the North's possible summit with Trump. Kim is blacklisted by both the US and South Korea. -North meeting were still underway, though he has yet to officially greenlight the summit.

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