North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, left, leaves a hotel in New York, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Senior North Korean official arrived in New York on Wednesday in the North's highest-level official visit to the United States in 18 years, as President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un sought to salvage prospects for a high-stakes nuclear summit. Kim, one of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's most trusted aides, is a former military intelligence chief and now a vice chairman of the ruling party's central committee. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

The Latest: Top NK official, Pompeo have dinner in NY

May 30, 2018 - 7:55 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on diplomacy between the United States and North Korea (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

A senior North Korean official and the top U.S. diplomat have had dinner in New York as President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un try to salvage prospects for a high-stakes nuclear summit.

It's the highest-level official North Korean visit to the United States in 18 years.

Kim Yong Chol, the former military intelligence chief and one of the North Korean leader's closest aides, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are planning a "day full of meetings" Thursday.

U.S. officials say their talks will be aimed at determining whether a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un, originally scheduled for June 12 but later canceled by Trump, can be restored.

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2:50 p.m.

A North Korean official has arrived in New York for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ahead of what the White House says is an "expected" summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Kim Yong Chol is a former military intelligence chief and one of the North Korean leader's most trusted aides. He is the highest-level representative from the North to set foot in the United States since 2000.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that Kim landed shortly after 2 p.m. on an Air China flight from Beijing. Associated Press journalists saw the plane touch down at New York's JFK International Airport and the North Korean delegation get off the plane.

The visit comes ahead of a summit planned for June 12, which Trump canceled but now says may take place after all.

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