North Korea's Kim Yong-chol on way to Washington

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Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's main nuclear negotiator, will travel to the United States for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, CNN reported, quoting two us sources familiar with the negotiations.

They are expected to finalize the date and venue of a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the newspaper said.

The North Korean leader is scheduled to travel to the communist-run country for an "official state visit" sometime in February, Reuters news agency is reporting, citing unnamed sources.

United States awaits concrete steps by North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons that threaten America and other countries in the region, Vice President Mike Pence has said.

North Korean state media gave a little more away, saying Kim shared his concerns about potential obstacles to the future growth of US-North Korean relations, and Xi "completely sympathizes that the reasonable points of interest of North Korea deserve to be resolved".

Denouncing Japan's request for the confidential information as unfair, South Korea's Defense Ministry said it was sure its navy destroyer had not sent out any signals.

Pompeo had planned to meet his North Korean counterpart to discuss a second summit last November, but the meeting was postponed at the last moment.

The United States has suspended major joint military exercises with South Korea, though smaller-scale drills continue.

"The North Koreans need a real indication of what the United States is willing to put on the table", said Jenny Town, a North Korea expert at 38 North, a Washington-based think tank.

During that visit, Kim Yong Chol was able to break the impasse between Washington and Pyongyang and help get the first US-North Korea summit back on track.

"The review does look at the comprehensive environment that the United States faces and our allies and partners face and it does posture forces to be prepared for the capabilities that now exist and that anticipate in the future", the official said.

The North Korean visit could yield an announcement of plans for another summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who held a first meeting in June in Singapore, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"You would right now be in a nice, big fat war in Asia with North Korea if I wasn't elected president", Trump said. "We've also fought hard not only to stand up to those who would challenge us but to advance American values on the world stage", Pence said. The North has been demanding that the United States lift harsh sanctions and provide it with security guarantees before it takes any steps beyond its initial suspension of nuclear and missile tests.

But recent comments by Pompeo about conversations with the North have stoked concern that the Trump administration may be eager to reach a quick deal that focuses on the threat to the USA and hands the president a diplomatic win in a time of need.

Trump admitted he agreed on the spot to pause U.S.

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