General Kim Yong Chol, vice chairperson of the central committee of the Workers' Party and right-hand man to Kim, will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY on Wednesday or Thursday, officials said.
Choe Kang Il, a North Korean foreign ministry official involved with North America issues, was also spotted at Beijing Capital International Airport, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.
His U.S. visit will follow a recent diplomatic back-and-forth that began when Trump on Thursday abruptly backed away from the meeting, citing hostile comments by the North. Trump then announced the summit could still happen in Singapore on June 12, as initially scheduled, after North Korea issued an unusually conciliatory statement about his cancellation of the summit. "Depending on its outcome, the president could join President Trump and Chairman Kim in Singapore".
It wasn't immediately clear whether the American officials including Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to Manila, were heading Tuesday to the border village between the Koreas where they met with North Korean officials on Sunday.
"Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong-un and myself".
The future of North Korea's nuclear program, which has been a source of global tension for decades, US security guarantees and coordination for a Trump-Kim summit are likely to be at the top of the agenda, analysts said.
"Kim Jong-un agrees with me on this. -South Korea alliance, complete expulsion - the eviction of US troops and USA military assets - from the Korean peninsula", Tufts University professor Sung Yoon Lee told VOA News.
Kim Chang Son was seen at Beijing airport Tuesday and, asked by Japanese reporters if he was heading to Singapore for talks with US officials, he said he was "going there to play".
Trump said on Twitter that the summit could take longer than one day. He is scheduled to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, according to USA officials familiar with the planning. They discussed their shared goal of achieving "the complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs".
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The group included US Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, and is a clear sign the summit between the two leaders is back on track.
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The South Korean presidential office couldn't confirm the report. The North has a diplomatic mission to the United Nations headquarters in NY, a venue for some previous high-profile meetings between the USA and North Korean officials.
"We get that done and we can be successful in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, that would be a great thing for North Korea, it would be a great thing for South Korea, it would be great for Japan, it would be great for the world, it would be great for the United States, it would be great for China".
KELEMEN: He'll be the highest-level North Korean official to come to the U.S.in 18 years.
In principle, Kim is prohibited from traveling to the US under Washington's sanctions against Pyongyang.
He arrived in Beijing on Tuesday as there's no direct flight between North Korea and the USA amid speculation that he might have met with Chinese officials.
Abe spoke with Trump over the phone for about 30 minutes on Monday evening.
Both Koreas said a three-way summit is desirable when the two leaders met for the first time in Panmunjom on April 27.
This is not a reward for North Korea's conduct but rather a means of continuing the discussions and, frankly, gaining more insight into North Korea's political and economic situation.
The White House emphasized that it has remained in close contact with South Korean and Japanese officials as preparations for the talks continue. "As you know, there are meetings going on as we speak in a certain location, which I won't name, but you'd like the location", he told reporters in Washington.