Kim Jong-un’s top aide meets Mike Pompeo in New York

May 31, 2018, 7:45 AM EDT
North Korea’s high-ranking official Kim Yong-chol met U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York.
(Source: U.S. Department of State/flickr)

North Korea’s high-ranking official Kim Yong-chol met U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday as the two leaders prepared to iron out the differences over nuclear weapon disarmament to salvage a “cancelled” summit between their state heads.

Kim Yong-chol and Pompeo are set to hold a second meeting on Thursday, a round that is likely to focus on reaching common grounds over the extent and pace of denuclearization, writes the BBC.

The State Department, committed to achieving “complete verifiable, irreversible denuclearization,” of the Korean Peninsula, wants Pyongyang to lay out a disarmament plan within next few days if it were to go ahead with the June 12 summit in Singapore, notes The Guardian.

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