North Korea: Kim right-hand man in the USA

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:45:45 +0100

BEIJING, JAN 15 - Kim Yong-chol, right-hand man of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, will be visiting Washington for 2 days from Thursday to discuss the date, location and themes of the agenda for the second summit between the United States and North Korea which should be held in February in Vietnam. The Chosun Ilbo, a Seoul daily, reports, quoting a diplomatic source according to which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has returned from a tour in the Middle East, will see Kim, former head of military intelligence and now head of the United Front Department. Pompey said Sunday that the parties are "working" on the details. "The US is discussing with the South Korean government the partial easing of sanctions in exchange for Pyongyang's renunciation of intercontinental ballistic missiles and the freezing of the development of nuclear weapons," the source added to the South Korean newspaper. The US, in essence, is reducing the claims of total denuclearization in efforts to achieve "results that reward" Trump's strategy.