North Korea holding onto its nukes, open to opening hamburger chain

The US President was speaking as he met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House

Kim Jong-un's right-hand man will fly to NY on Wednesday to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as part of preparations for the meeting between the North Korean leader and Donald Trump in Singapore next month.

But this morning he tweeted: "We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea". But somewhere in those details lies the question of whether a meeting happens and, more important, whether it resolves a nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Solid response to my letter, thank you!' Trump wrote in a tweet.

North Korea's former top spy was bound for New York City and will reportedly meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday.

Kim Chang Son was seen at Beijing airport Tuesday and, asked by Japanese reporters if he was heading to Singapore for talks with USA officials, he said he was "going there to play". South Korean media earlier reported that his name was on the passenger list for a fight Wednesday from Beijing to NY.

A senior figure in the North Korean regime was en route to the US on Wednesday, and Russia's top diplomat was preparing to visit Pyongyang as diplomatic preparations for a historic nuclear summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un gathered pace.

Moon said Saturday's summit with Kim, which was organised on short notice after the North Korean leader requested a meeting, should be a model for increased contact between the leaders of the two Koreas.

North Korea claimed to be surprised and "full of regret" at President Donald Trump's decision to cancel the planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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

North Korea has faced years of isolation and economic sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs since it conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

In October 2000, then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the late dictator father of Kim Jong Un, sent Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok to Washington on a then-unprecedented goodwill mission.

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Sung Kim will meet North Korean Foreign Ministry official Choi Sun Hee again on Wednesday on the border, Yonhap reported, citing a diplomatic source, adding that the agenda for the Trump-Kim summit would be roughly worked out.

"It will take bold leadership from Chairman Kim Jong Un if we were able to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to change the course for the world", he said. He's a longtime Korean intelligence official with past involvement in many violent acts, and now he's heading to the U.S. The North Korean side is led by Kim Chang Son, who effectively serves as chief of staff to Kim Jong Un.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that since the letter, "the North Koreans have been engaging" with the U.S.

Officials also told NBC News that the report stated that Kim might be willing to open a Western hamburger franchise in the capital of Pyongyang as a gesture of goodwill toward Trump.

South Korean media also reported that a North Korean delegation arrived in Singapore on Monday night, where other US officials, led by White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, are preparing for the summit. "We will to do everything we could for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and humankind, and we, broad-minded and open all the time, have the willingness to offer the USA side time and opportunity", Kim Kye Gwam wrote.

Russian Federation says Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will travel to North Korea for talks on Thursday. According to TBS, it will be headed by the head of Committee of the State Council of the DPRK.

He is widely believed to have masterminded the attack on a South Korean naval corvette, the Cheonan, in 2010, leading to the deaths of 46 sailors.

During that period North Korea ramped up its hacking programmes, including a hugely costly penetration of Sony Pictures.

In previous, failed talks, North Korea said it could consider giving up its arsenal if Washington removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.

North Korea, which refers to its nuclear weapons program as its "treasured sword" keeping the country safe, has repeatedly said it is not interested in unilateral disarmament.

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