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>> The most senior North Korean official to visit the US in 18 years is in New York for talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The meeting comes as the White House is once again pushing for a potentially historic meeting set for June 12th in Singapore between Presidents Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
Reuters foreign affairs editor Yara Bayoumy is in New York.>> I think the main objective is to try and get things back on track after Trump wrote in his letter calling two North Korea's Kim calling off this summit. And since then we've seen another whiplash in terms of diplomatic activity in terms of trying to revive the summit or to see if there's any room for diplomacy once again.
In between the North Koreans and the Americans.>> The meetings in New York happen on the same day US officials visited the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea and another American team met with North Korean officials in Singapore. The multi-track diplomacy is aimed at reaching a potential breakthrough in resolving a tense stand-off with Pyongyang over it's nuclear and missile tests.
It's far from clear whether Pyongyang is ready to meet Washington's demands for complete, verifiable denuclearization. North Korea in the past has committed to a phased dismantling of its nuclear sites, but then gone back on those agreements.>> If the North Koreans will sort of come to the table and say, we cannot accept complete denuclearization, an option is this phased approach.
Would this phased approach come with enough guarantees to ensure that the North Koreans won't turn back on their word as they have before, is a calculation that the White House will have to do.>> The North Korean official visiting New York is often seen at Kim's side for high-level talks.
And he once ran the nation's military intelligence agency. The rare visit is expected to include two days of talks with America's top diplomat.