North Korea Vice-Chairman Kim Yong-chol shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York on May 31, 2018.
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By Casey Quackenbush
January 15, 2019

South Korean media says high-level talks between the U.S. and North Korea are due to take place in Washington as soon as this week, where envoys are expected to discuss plans for a second leaders summit.

Reuters reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korea’s Kim Yong Chol are set to meet Thursday or Friday, according to South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo citing an unnamed diplomatic source.

The North Korean envoy is also expected to meet U.S. President Donald Trump, the report said, as the two sides lay the groundwork for a follow-up summit to their historic first meeting in Singapore in June.

If held, the meeting will mark what could be the easing of a months-long impasse between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea’s lack of progress on nuclear disarmament.

When Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, they agreed in to work “toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” though the vague agreement did not specify what that would mean or how it would be implemented.

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