North Korean official heading to the US for summit talks

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

President Donald Trump has confirmed that top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol is heading to New York for talks on an upcoming summit between the US leader and Kim Jong Un.

President Trump tweeted early on 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!"

He will be the most notable official to visit the US in nearly 20 years. 

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

Mr Kim is a former military intelligence chief and now a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee tasked with inter-Korean relations.