Trump meets NKorean envoy, will meet Kim Jong Un in February

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomes North Korean Vice-Chairman Kim Yong Chol prior to a meeting in Washington, DC, January 18, 2019. (AFP)

Trump met for an hour and a half with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol on Friday afternoon to discuss denuclearization and the second summit, according to the White House.

President Donald Trump will meet with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un at the end of February at a place to be announced later, the White House said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened a rare meeting in Washington on Friday with a top North Korean general aimed at arranging a new summit, an AFP photographer said.

Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol did not respond to shouted questions as they posed for pictures before entering a meeting room at a hotel in Washington.

On Thursday, a senior North Korean official arrived in Beijing, reportedly en route to the United States for talks ahead of a possible second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Secret talks between US, NKorea in Sweden

Earlier on Friday, Sweden’s news agency says a secret, high-level meeting between envoys from the United States and North Korea is being held in Stockholm.

The TT news agency says US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun is meeting with Pyongyang’s Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui.

TT said Friday Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom is also participating.

There was no immediate word from the Swedish government, according to the Associated Press.

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 first-ever meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in June in Singapore.

(With AFP, The Associated Press)

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