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The right-hand man to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in NY to discuss a historic summit with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in New York City Wednesday meeting with a senior North Korean official.

Kim Yong-chol, the former military intelligence chief and one of the North Korean leader's closest aides, landed mid-afternoon on an Air China flight from Beijing.

The report also details that Kim may offer "limited American investment in North Korea, particularly in infrastructure".

Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, the most senior North Korean to visit the United States in nearly two decades, are expected to start their talks around 9 a.m.at an unoccupied luxury condominium that is the residence of the deputy head of the USA mission to the United Nations two short blocks away.

It was not yet known whether the two men made any progress toward narrowing long-standing differences between Washington and Pyongyang that could end decades of hostile relations.

On May 26, Kim had an unannounced meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is acting as a go-between for the high-stakes summit between the North and the US since the recent breakthrough in détente between Seoul and Pyongyang, to get the summit with Trump back on track.

Russian Federation has appeared to be on the fringes of a flurry of diplomacy as Pyongyang and Washington edge towards talks aimed at ending years of tension over North Korea's nuclear programme. North Korea has defined security as obtaining the deterrent of nuclear weapons.

He is the only North Korean official who attended all of Kim's meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae In and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"It's absolutely obvious that when a conversation starts about solving the nuclear problem and other problems of the Korean Peninsula, we proceed from the fact that the decision can't be complete while sanctions are still in place", he said.

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The White House expects the summit with North Korea will happen in Singapore on June 12th.as originally scheduled.

The Trump administration is believed to have granted him a temporary waiver this time to allow him to visit NY, where North Korea has a diplomatic mission to the United Nations.

Lavrov is in the North Korean capital to hold talks with senior officials aimed at supporting intra-Korean negotiations and de-escalation on the Korean Peninsula. "Our secretary of state is having very good meetings".

The Trump administration, according to US officials, has left open the possibility of North Korea eventually getting USA aid and investments if Pyongyang agrees to complete denuclearization.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang during their meeting on Thursday.

North Korea denied any involvement in either incident.

"Sergei Lavrov, foreign minister of the Russian Federation, arrived here on Thursday at the invitation of Ri Yong Ho, foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)", KCNA news agency said in a brief dispatch.

However, the officials told NBC that Kim Jong-un was willing to open a western burger franchise in Pyongyang as a gesture of goodwill. He also expressed Moscow's support for an agreement Kim reached with Moon at a summit last month that focused on measures to ease hostilities and increase exchanges between the two Koreas.

The overtime work by officials from the two nations, which have been at daggers drawn since the Korean War broke out in 1950, and whose leaders have never met, indicates that both parties are seriously seeking to discover some common ground to form the basis of the summit.

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