On Tuesday it was announced that a high-ranking North Korean official had gone to New York for an urgent meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had planned a hastily organized visit to the White House next week. In the Korean demilitarized zone and in Singapore, teams of US negotiators were already on hand to meet with their North Korean counterparts for the final summit deal in just two weeks.
The excitement over possible talks between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seemed to be driven in large part by Trump's fixation on the June 1
Trump's latest change of direction was another sign that the conventional Washington playbook was thrown out for its diplomatic high-wire act. From his impulsive on-site decision in March to accept Kim's offer, Trump has stepped into an accelerated summit process that has led analysts to warn that he risked moving too fast and failing himself.
"The speed of this material – it has gone from the roller coaster ride of North Korea to the carnival" The Scrambler, "said Bruce Klingner, a former US intelligence officer serving as Asia expert on the Heritage Foundation. At least a rollercoaster is linear – the scrambler is in all directions at the same time. "
The last sign was the message that Kim Yong Chol, a four-star general, was at the helm The head of North Korea's diplomatic engagement was landed at Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday after watching TV from the airport.
He was originally booked on an Air China flight to Washington, but changed it to a Wednesday flight to New York, reported to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. That would have him arrive shortly after 2:00 pm at the John F. Kennedy International Airport. Wednesday.
Kim Yong Chol was directly punished by the Ministry of Finance for his involvement in North Korea's nuclear program and illegal activities while serving as secret service director. The United States should therefore have waived its right to enter the country.
Today, he serves as the head of the United Front Department, the arm of the ruling Workers' Party that leads to relations with South Korea. It is widely believed that he planned an attack on a South Korean corvette, the Cheonan, in 2010, killing 46 South Korean sailors.
On Tuesday morning, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Pompeo Kim Yong Chol would meet New York amidst rumors in Seoul and Washington that the envoy would also meet with Trump.
Analysts said such a meeting was unusual because Kim Yong Chol was not a head of state, but would be seen in return for Trump, as Pompeo met Kim Jong Un twice in Pyongyang.
"I think it will show how fast everything moves and that all conventions are broken," said Victor Cha, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in the George W. Bush administration acted as the highest representative of Asia policy. "If you do it this way instead of real technical negotiation to make this [summit] appointment possible, we'll do it backwards, so all those things that are going to be big, important steps to end the success […]
The Trump Advisers Have Stressed That the President Believes His Personal Commitment to the Negotiations Can Help A Cycle of Failure in the US Negotiations to Halt the North's Nuclear Weapons Program goes back almost three decades.
When Kellyanne Conway, a White House advisor, reported on Fox News on Fox News Tuesday, she recently wrote Trump's letter to Week, which abolishes the summit for the creation of the "kinetic energy" needed to bring about the parties to talk more seriously.
"Since then, virtually North Korea, South Korea, and the United States have made very positive moves," Conway said. "But let's see what happens, as the President says, if he is satisfied, it will go on."
In a tweet affirming Pompeo's meeting with Kim Yong Chol, Trump said Tuesday his government had "closed Meetings for the summit and more are currently taking place. "
When he announced Trump's decision to formally cancel the meeting last week, a senior government official told reporters at a White House background briefing The US delegation in Singapore had waited just three days to get up from her North Korean counterpart for an important planning meeting. The official stressed that the lack of communication from Pyongyang was a major reason that it is highly unlikely that the summit will be held on June 12, although Trump opened the door to rescheduling in his letter to Kim Jong Un last week ,
But Trump promptly undermined the government official in a tweet over the weekend, falsely accusing the New York Times of inventing the official as a source to voice doubts on the June 12 timeline. "WRONG AGAIN!" Wrote Trump.
Analysts said they believed that planners in Singapore – a highly efficient and technically competent city-state in Southeast Asia – could handle the logistics of the summit in just two weeks. However, they questioned whether the United States and North Korea could reach a general agreement on the key issue of Pyongyang's commitment to a swift plan for the complete dismantling of its nuclear program ahead of the summit.
"There is a really big difference between what traditionalists say is necessary and what President Trump seems to think," Klingner said of summit planning. "But Trump is very different, and if people say he can not do it on time, throwing away the diplomatic playbook, then maybe it can be done – if Trump just sees himself as a negotiator and, like in Art of the Deal said, "go with his gut and go with his instinct."
Fifield reported from Tokyo John Wagner in Washington contributed to this report.