North Korea Sends Top Official To New York To Prepare For Summit

In the latest sign that the recently "canceled" US-North Korea summit - which as we and so many others speculated was merely a negotiating ploy by Trump - is now fully back on, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent one of his top aides to New York to meet with US officials in New York this week, Bloomberg reported. President Trump announced the official's impending arrival in a tweet sent early Tuesday.

Kim Yong Chol, the former head of North Korea's spy agency, is the highest-ranking NK official to visit the US since 2000, when Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok met with then-President Bill Clinton. This time, Kim will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The meeting is the latest sign that preparations for the June 12 summit in Singapore are rapidly progressing.

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The two officials previously met in North Korea earlier this month before the North decided to release three American prisoners as a gesture of good faith.

"Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more," Trump said in a tweet where he happened to misspell the envoy's name. "Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!"

Kim is considered to be one of the closest officials to leader Kim Jong Un, even accompanying him during meetings with both Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in. South Korea said Tuesday that it wasn't aware of Kim Yong Chol's trip. The diplomat also holds the position of vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee. He's expected to land in New York on Wednesday after boarding a flight from Beijing, according to Yonhap.

Other meetings between representatives of the US and North Korea are happening as well. A delegation led by Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, is meeting with North Korean officials at the border village of Panmunjom, the site where the Korean War Armistice was signed, and more recently the location of a historic meeting between Kim and Moon. Meanwhile, Kim Chang Son, another aide to North Korea's leader, arrived in Singapore on Monday to discuss logistics and security arrangements.

The two sides are trying to figure out how North Korea will go about giving up its nuclear weapons. For what it's worth, Trump has recently suggested that he might support North Korea's preferred "phase-in" approach.

While talks are ongoing, the US has decided to hold off on imposing any major new sanctions on the North, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

South Korean officials declined to comment on Kim's trip to the US, But a spokesman for South Korea's Blue House said the continued talks were unfolding at a "very critical time" and presented an opportunity to "escape the fear of war," according to WSJ.

"This is a once-in-70-years opportunity," he said, referring to the division of the Korean Peninsula after World War II. "If we lose this chance, we might have to wait another 70 years."

One analyst told WSJ that Kim Yong Chol's visit to the US means the talks between the two sides are almost ready to be finalized.

"He's going there to make a final signoff before the summit," said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University.

Trump has repeatedly praised the North on twitter in recent days, suggesting that his own view has softened. In a tweet announcing the arrival of a US team in North Korea, Trump said he believes the North has "great economic and financial" potential.

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PrayingMantis tmosley Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:55 Permalink

 

    ... the US/North Korea war didn’t stop ... they only declared an “armistice” ... Pyongyang was levelled by the US with only a couple of buildings left standing and the rural areas were infested with anthrax and other diseases carried by US dirty bio-weapon bombs in order to eradicate rural NK population which resulted in a quarter of NKoreans killed by bombs and/or bio-weapons ... this is what’s on the minds of NK people and why they are so wary and distrustful of Rothschild’s US empire  ...

... below is an excerpt from ... “ ... The Destruction and Reconstruction of North Korea, 1950 - 1960  北朝鮮の破壊と再建’、1950-1960年 .. “ ... it provides a glimpse of what North Koreans had gone through and how they tried to survive and rebuild after the empire’s unprovoked attack ... (remember, the planet doesn’t need another Rothschild bank ... and this is the only reason why Rothschild’s US puppets are attacking the remaining countries without a Rothschild-owned central bank ... Syria, Iran, NK ... Cuba has a hybrid system (peso for locals/peso for tourists redeemed through BIS), and this is why Cuba is getting a pass for now ) ...

 

   ... “ ... The Korean War, a “limited war” for the US and UN forces, was for Koreans a total war. The human and material resources of North and South Korea were used to their utmost. The physical destruction and loss of life on both sides was almost beyond comprehension, but the North suffered the greater damage, due to American saturation bombing and the scorched-earth policy of the retreating UN forces.1 The US Air Force estimated that North Korea’s destruction was proportionately greater than that of Japan in the Second World War, where the US had turned 64 major cities to rubble and used the atomic bomb to destroy two others.  American planes dropped 635,000 tons of bombs on Korea --  that is, essentially on North Korea --including 32,557 tons of napalm, compared to 503,000 tons of bombs dropped in the entire Pacific theatre of World War II.2 The number of Korean dead, injured or missing by war’s end approached three million, ten percent of the overall population. The majority of those killed were in the North, which had half of the population of the South; although the DPRK does not have official figures, possibly twelve to fifteen percent of the population was killed in the war, a figure close to or surpassing the proportion of Soviet citizens killed in World War II.3

The act which inflicted the greatest loss of civilian life in the Korean War by far, one which the North Koreans have claimed ever since was America’s greatest war crime, was the aerial bombardment of North Korean population centers.  American control of the skies over Korea was overwhelming. Soviet MIGs, flown by Soviet, Chinese, and North Korean pilots, were sometimes effective against American air power. But under Stalin’s orders, the Soviet fighter planes were strictly limited in number and in the range they were allowed to fly, lest US-Soviet air battles lead to a larger war.4 And in any case, Soviet air support did not come until the end of 1950. During the summer and fall, North Korean air defenses were virtually non-existent.  Lightly armed, local self-defense units in occupied South Korea could only watch and suffer as their towns and villages were obliterated from the air.5 By the end of the war, North Korea claimed that only two modern buildings remained standing in Pyongyang.

 For the Americans, strategic bombing made perfect sense, giving advantage to American technological prowess against the enemy’s numerical superiority. The American command dismissed British concerns that mass bombardment would turn world opinion against them, insisting that air attacks were accurate and civilian casualties limited.6 Russian accusations of indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets did not register with the Americans at all. But for the North Koreans, living in fear of B-29 attacks for nearly three years, including the possibility of atomic bombs, the American air war left a deep and lasting impression. The DPRK government never forgot the lesson of North Korea’s vulnerability to American air attack, and for half a century after the Armistice continued to strengthen anti-aircraft defenses, build underground installations, and eventually develop nuclear weapons to ensure that North Korea would not find itself in such a position again. The long-term psychological effect of the war on the whole of North Korean society cannot be overestimated. The war against the United States, more than any other single factor, gave North Koreans a collective sense of anxiety and fear of outside threats that would continue long after the war’s end. ... “ ...

    ... >>> https://apjjf.org/-Charles-K.-Armstrong/3460/article.html ... 

 

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Dr. Acula tmosley Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:36 Permalink

Not an argument.

Anyway, my prediction is that Trump will throw away US dollars in order to cajole NK into not selling weapons to Syria/Iran, which is the only part of the planet Trump cares about. Anything else will be theatre.

Also:

Trump lied about pulling out of Afghanistan.

Trump lied about pulling out of Syria.

Trump lied about Gassad.

Trump lied about Skripal.

Trump lied about Parkland.

Trump lied about releasing JFK documents.

 

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armageddon addahere Americano Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

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Here’s to hoping Trump gets a deal done and brings peace to the peninsula. I for one can’t wait to see the left’s head explode if it happens.  

 

Will they claim that DT is Un’s puppet?"

 

No, they will claim it is trivial and would have happened anyway and if anything Trump only gummed things up.

Of course if it goes the other way then Trump will be entirely to blame.

I am not making this up, only quoting what I have already seen in the news.

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The Billy Blaze tmosley Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:54 Permalink

What an incredibly naive statement.  If Lil' Kim had money woes, he would have gladly come to terms with SK years ago.  This isn't about NK/SK.  This is an incredibly historic moment involving the shift in world power from the West to the East.   Hint:  China wins.

"He will become rich"!!!!  What are you, 3 years old?  Hahaha!!  

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The Billy Blaze tmosley Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:35 Permalink

TDS?  Trump Derangement Syndrome?  If so, then we certainly know the identity of patient zero.

 

If you could see the world past the length of your hero-worshiping nose, then you would notice that the end-game is very near for USA worldly importance.  This isn't some monumental achievement by Trump just like the agreement Clinton dreamed-up wasn't monumental.

 

Yes, there is something monumental afoot, but it involves the Chinese and their large creditor foot being firmly placed on the USA's throat.  As I've previously said, the negotiations are complete.  The deal is done.  NK is sending their proxy to tell the USA what the terms are.  It is really very simple.

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tion The Billy Blaze Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:24 Permalink

Hero worship lol. If only the libshits had any self awareness, they might remember their outrage marches, REE’s of NOT MY PRESIDENT, and all the people they black listed from their lives for saying nothing more than ‘I disagree’, or patiently listening while politely remaining unwilling to offer the validation they thirstily fish for. In Libshitsholeville, it was very clear that even my personal safety would be jeopardized if I went to hear my President speak, or attended any sort of free speech rally. At some point, the fucks given just sort of completely ran out.  This has happened to many. Since I no longer have any libshits around to troll in person, I would like to shamelessly remind you that if you are an American, Donald J Trump is Your President. Kekeke.

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The Billy Blaze tion Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:44 Permalink

Another brainwashed imbecile who actually believes that there is a Liberal v. Conservative war taking place in Washington, D.C.  Wrong!  Those in D.C. have convinced the feeble minded that you must choose a side.  I dream of a day that the masses will awaken and realize that the great Corp. USA is taking for a ride the citizens of the USA.  Based upon the above post, those dreams will wither on the vine.

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bowie28 RumpleShitzkin Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:26 Permalink

Again, no coincidence you continue to see action in China/US trade talks while this is going on.  You can bet China is trying to make NK peace effort more difficult so they can offer to "help" in exchange for concessions on trade.  Trump admin knows and is ramping up their demands to offset.  This is why the trade talks got heated up at the same time as the NK peace talks.

Even when these deals appear on the surface to be between two countries there are always other parties in the background pushing their agendas.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-29/us-impose-25-tariff-chinese-t…

 

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JB Say Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:24 Permalink

I’ll be surprised if its not just another ploy for aid and sanctions relief while they move forward with nuclear development.  They can wait Trump out and his successor is likely to be another globalist milquetoast.  

DingleBarryObummer JB Say Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:32 Permalink

+1

It will take a long time and a lot of diplomacy in order for Kim to trust Kushner's Father-in-Law

John Bolton is hurting, not helping things.  NK is coming to the table because of sanctions, not Boltonian fear tactics.  They are a genetically homogeneous (programmed for) war tribe.  The unity yields organization and strength.  I don't believe they are scared of fighting or dying  

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The Shodge Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:37 Permalink

Kim is one evil motherfucker, I think it is not ok if he can live the rest of his life in luxury for the sake of peace. His ass belongs in some miserable jail.