Senior N.Korean official’s US visit reminiscent of 2000 trip


World News

May 28, 2018 - 11:00 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s dispatch of a top lieutenant to the United States suggests that preparations for a summit between him and President Donald Trump are in the final stages. But history shows that such trips don’t always lead to summits: The high hopes raised by a similar North Korean mission to Washington to set up a summit 18 years ago ended up dashed.

Trump confirmed in a tweet today that senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol is coming to New York. South Korean media earlier reported that his name was on the passenger list for a fight Wednesday from Beijing to New York.

Kim Yong Chol, a vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party who was seen in the Beijing airport today by The Associated Press, has been deeply involved in the diplomacy that followed Kim Jong Un’s sudden outreach to Washington and Seoul earlier this year.