WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol on Friday for talks aimed at finalizing a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The State Department announced the late-morning meeting, and other administration officials indicated it likely will be followed by Kim Yong Chol’s visit to the White House, where he could meet with Trump. Those officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, talks in Stockholm included North Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, said Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Diana Kudhaib, who declined to give further details. Sweden’s TT news agency said also attending were U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who was influential in securing the first Trump-Kim summit.
Sweden has had diplomatic relations with Pyongyang since 1973 and is one of only a few Western countries with an embassy there. It provides consular services for the United States. In March, Wallstrom held talks with her North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, in Stockholm, leading to the meeting between Trump and Kim in June in Singapore.
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