North Korean Media: Denuclearization Will Happen on Pyongyang’s ‘Timetable’


North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, centre, leaves a hotel in NY.

The meeting in Pyongyang comes hours after a senior North Korean official met the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York City.

"The two top dogs on each side", as a senior State Department official described them in a press briefing following the dinner, were meeting to discuss preparations for the historic first summit between a North Korean leader and a sitting us president due to take place in Singapore for June 12-less than two weeks away.

Kim Yong-chol is greeted by USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday in NY.

Russia's Foreign Ministry says that Lavrov spoke to Pompeo by phone on Wednesday, the first day of the American's talks with Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's former military intelligence chief. He and Pompeo had discussions over dinner of steak, corn and cheese on Wednesday, Pompeo said in a tweet.

South Korea warned Wednesday against expecting North Korea to agree to get rid of its nuclear weapons quickly in the planned peace summit with President Donald Trump.

"He is probably one of the most up-to-date North Korean officials about what North Korea's requirements are for the summit", said Catherine Dill, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Calilfornia. "And a nuclear-capable North Korea with missiles that can reach the United States is unacceptable", Harris said. USA officials are in Singapore and South Korea to prepare for the summit's potential revival. But Trump later said he was reconsidering his position and U.S., North Korean and South Korean officials have gone ahead with summit preparations.

There was a further signal of progress Saturday as White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed a team of United States officials was leaving for Singapore "in order to prepare should the summit take place". "The goal here is to create an environment where North Korea would not desire nuclear weapons development by removing the threat perception (posed by the United States)", said Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korean national security adviser. North Korea's mission to the United Nations in NY is its sole diplomatic presence in the United States.

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The Israeli government did not reply to the Palestinian statements and released no official announcements regarding the ceasefire. He added that "of course, things could change". "I don't think serious people in Israel want to reoccupy Gaza", said Yaar.

Trump said he was hopeful his summit with Kim in Singapore would take place on Jun 12 as originally scheduled, but left open the possibility talks would fall through.

South Korean media speculated that Pompeo could make a third trip to Pyongyang and that Kim Yong-chol was carrying a personal letter from Kim Jong-un and might push to travel to Washington to meet with Trump.

In return the United States was offering "the security guarantees they feel they need" and help for North Korea to achieve greater prosperity.

While the Central Committee's statement served to cushion possible "psychological unrest" among citizens, it also included phrasing to indicate that the North has not abandoned its nuclear power ambitions, the source said.

Kim Jong-chol, who many in South Korea hold responsible for a torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors in 2010, is the harder-edged of the two.

"We've seen tremendous amounts of progress" toward the summit, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Mr Pompeo and North Korea's former military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol met at the three-bedroom apartment residence of the U.S. deputy ambassador to the United Nation. "It will not be easy to narrow the gap and find common ground but I think it would not be impossible".

It is not clear why Kim traveled to NY rather than Washington DC, but North Korea lacks diplomatic relations with the United States, so it has no embassy in Washington.