As Summit Drama Continues, U.S. to Host Highest-Ranking North Korean Since 2000 As Summit Drama Continues, U.S. to Host Highest-Ranking North Korean Since 2000 – NTK Network

As Summit Drama Continues, U.S. to Host Highest-Ranking North Korean Since 2000

Kim Yong Chol, the vice chairman of the reclusive nation, is visiting the U.S. in an effort to reignite the extinguished flame of a Trump-Kim summit in June.

By NTK Staff | 05.29.2018 @10:00am
As Summit Drama Continues, U.S. to Host Highest-Ranking North Korean Since 2000

There’s still a flicker of possibility that President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet in Singapore on June 12, and a top-ranking official in Kim’s regime is visiting U.S. soil to try to make it happen.

The Associated Press and others reported Tuesday morning that Kim Yong Chol, the vice chairman of North Korea, is planning to visit New York this week.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday: “We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea. Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!”

South Korea’s Yonhap News said Tuesday it saw the name of Kim Yong Chol on the passengers’ list for a flight Tuesday from Beijing to Washington. They later reported that Kim changed his flight to go to New York on Wednesday.

Kim Yong Chol’s visit to Beijing before he departs for New York may be a warning sign for the potential summit, as Trump blamed China and its president, Xi Jinping, for torching his plans with Kim the first time around.

AP reporter Matt Lee tweeted that Kim Yong Chol’s visit – if it happens – would make him the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit U.S. soil since 2000.

Like most regime figures in North Korea, Kim Yong Chol is not without controversy. The Wall Street Journal‘s Jonathan Cheng tweeted that Kim Yong Chol was “accused of plotting two 2010 attacks on S. Korea.”

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