North Korea’s Kim Yong-chol holds nuclear talks with Mike Pompeo | North Korea News | Al Jazeera
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and high-ranking North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chol met in New York City to set the stage for an historic summit between their leaders on nuclear disarmament.
The discussions came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov touched down in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, for talks with his counterpart Ri Yong-ho.
Kim and Pompeo left a 90-minute private dinner at a Manhattan apartment on Wednesday night without providing details about their conversations. Another two rounds of talks were scheduled later on Thursday.
“Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in New York tonight,” Pompeo tweeted. “Steak, corn, and cheese on the menu.”
The United States has been demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons programme amid reports it is close to being able to launch a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US.