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Depends on closing gaps in talks MORE traveled to NY on Wednesday where he dined with a top North Korean official amid talks with the country's officials about possibly rebooting a planned June 12 summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse GOP prepares to consider Trump's billion clawback Mexico's president fires back at Trump: We will never pay for your wall Trump in Nashville claims people were "infiltrating" his campaign MORE and Kim Jong Un.

Kim Yong Chol landed in NY on Wednesday as the most senior North Korean envoy to hold talks with American officials on US soil in 18 years.

Jo Myong-rok, a vice marshal of the People's Army and a special envoy of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, paid a rare visit to the United States to meet President Bill Clinton at the White House in October 2000 to help pave the way for a summit between the two leaders. "We're going to continue to shoot for June 12th".

He was also in charge of the agency during the 2014 hacking attack against Sony.

The two countries do not have a diplomatic relationship and North Korea only has a mission in NY for its delegation to the UN.

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

Saturday's meeting between Moon and Kim took place on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, a village that straddles the border between the two countries, where the 1953 armistice was signed.

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He sat next to Trump's daughter Ivanka, who is also a White House aide, during February's closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in South Korea, an event that was seen as a turning point in the nuclear crisis.

A man watches a television news screen showing US President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul on May 25, 2018.

The back-and-forth reflects just how much has changed since March, when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un indicated he may be prepared to give up his nuclear weapons program and President Donald Trump accepted his invitation to meet.

"I can say that the differences in stances between North Korea and the US remain quite significant", Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Wednesday in a speech in Seoul, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Somewhat overstating the case, the paper said Moon "has adopted the North's position that the negotiations should agree to 'phased and synchronous measures, ' meaning the North gets benefits in exchange for incremental steps such as allowing inspectors to visit nuclear sites".

The US delegation, led by Philippines Ambassador Sung Kim, had been meeting their North Korean counterparts at the Demilitarized Zone since Monday. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on June 7 to coordinate their thinking ahead of the summit.

Hitoshi Tanaka, a former deputy foreign affairs minister, has also urged the U.S. to understand the importance of trust in Asian cultures as it pushes for a deal to remove Pyongyang's nuclear weapons.

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