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Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of Kim Jong Un and vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, left a 90-minute private dinner at a NY apartment on Wednesday night without providing details about their conversation.

The US was looking for CVID, "complete verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation", the official said, but did not specify the timing of such a process or whether it would have to be carried out all at once, or in phases.

Since the USA cancelled the planned summit last week, both sides have dialled down the rhetoric Earlier this month, president Donald Trump suddenly announced a cancellation of the summit after North Korea issued a sharp rebuke of what it saw as threatening language from the United States side, and the U.S. side warns talks could be postponed if Kim is not serious about disarmament.

"For North Korea, Russia is less important compared to South Korea, the United States and China", Andrei Lankov, a professor of Korean Studies at Kookmin University in Seoul, told Al Jazeera. US officials have repeated the four elements so frequently that they refer to it casually by the initials CVID. The last official of his stature to visit the United States was Jo Myong Rok, the late first vice chairman of the National Defence Commission, who visited Washington in 2000, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

"We would be very happy to see you", Lavrov told Kim in a televised meeting.

"I think it will be very positive". Some experts say it could take well over a decade. We will ramp up the pressure on them.

"We're moving forward, and we'll be prepared either way".

But Kim is under US sanctions for his alleged role in North Korea's nuclear program and other illicit activities, including the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors. Instead, their pitch is that Pyongyang will gain more security by abandoning its nuclear program, allowing it to escape from the yoke of global sanctions and isolation and concentrate on economic prosperity.

That means that North Korea has Russia, China and South Korea on its side versus the U.S, which is now one of the only powers arguing that sanctions relief should come later, CBS News' Margaret Brennan reports.

Japanese officials, however, would first evaluate the outcome of the expected US-North Korea summit before pushing for the potential ministerial talks, Kyodo and Mainichi said. But Trump later said he was reconsidering his position and U.S., North Korean and South Korean officials have gone ahead with summit preparations. Separate meetings are being held in Singapore to discuss logistics such as the shape of the table and protocol issues.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official met in NY on Wednesday over a steak dinner to try to salvage next month's summit between the North Korean and US leaders, reported AFP.

Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on a flight from Beijing.

"The conversation is going to be focused on denuclearization of the peninsula". Meetings are now taking place concerning Summit, and more. "We're going to continue to shoot for June 12th". That work continues, as Pompeo and Chul met again Thursday morning to continue their discussions. Then North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, a longtime nuclear negotiator and senior diplomat, said in a statement carried by state media that the North was willing to sit for talks with the U.S. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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