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Kim, Pyongyang's former spy chief, is regarded as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's North Korean counterpart has been the country's leading negotiator in the nuclear talks with the US.

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.

Kim Yong Chol, a hardline former spy chief, boarded a flight in Beijing for Washington on Thursday and was expected to arrive in the US capital in the early evening, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said earlier.

"The Chinese side will communicate strategically with the South Korean side on Korean peninsula matters, and we will proceed together [with the South Koreans] for the progression of a diplomatic solution to the peninsula situation", Kong said.

"Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February", Sanders said in a statement. It said that ahead of the possible meetings, a letter Trump sent to Kim Jong Un was flown to Pyongyang and hand-delivered over the weekend.

Kong Xuanyou and Lee Do-Hoon are expected to discuss ways to achieve complete denuclearisation and peace on the peninsula, as well as an expected second summit of USA and North Korean leaders.

This month, Trump said he had received a "great" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and would probably meet him again in the not-too-distant future, as part of efforts to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons.

Personnel exchanges between the two Koreas have increased sharply since North Korea abruptly began talks early previous year with a vague promise of denuclearization.

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South Korea will hold talks with the United States on North Korea policy, specifically cross-border issues and reunions of war-separated families, official sources reported on Wednesday.

"Even if the two Koreas have repeated military confrontations and reconciliations, a new security environment has been established here following three rounds of inter-Korean summits and a U.S".

No official announcement has been made yet either by Pyongyang or Washington.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, North Korea's Kim Yong-chol, vice-chairman of the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, left for the USA capital after transferring in Beijing.

Experts said that any visit by Kim Yong Chol was nearly certainly a signal that the two sides were nearing agreement on terms for a second U.S. Mr Biegun told a meeting with U.S. non-governmental organisations last week that they should resume applications for permission to visit, said Mr Keith Luse, the executive director of the National Committee on North Korea.

The talks have stalled over North Korea's refusal to provide a detailed accounting of its nuclear and missile facilities that would be used by inspectors to verify any deal to dismantle them.

Observers say similar incidents could occur frequently as South Korea's liberal government pushes for deeper exchanges with North Korea. The two sides then turned to insulting each other: Trump called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and North Korea said Trump was a "dotard". "But we have to assume that North Korea has a nuclear-armed ICBM that could strike the United States", he said.