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Pompeo to meet top aide to Kim Jong Un on Thursday

AFP  |  Washington 

US will meet a top to North Korean leader in on Thursday, the State Department said.

The US diplomat and "will discuss making progress on all four pillars of the Summit joint statement, including achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization," a statement said, referring to the June meeting between and North Korean leader

The meeting comes with the two sides at loggerheads nearly five months after the summit, in which Trump and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearizing the

North Korea's foreign ministry has warned that will "seriously" consider reviving its nuclear weapons program unless US sanctions are lifted.

In announcing the meeting with Kim Yong Chol, Pompeo said he expected to "make some real progress" including on laying the groundwork for a second summit between Trump and

is a general, a former top intelligence and right-hand man to the North Korean leader.

He visited the in the diplomatic run-up to the summit, and has been Pompeo's interlocutor in the months since.

In mid-October, Pompeo invoked the possibility of a second summit, preceded by talks with

"We're working on finding dates and times and places that will work for each of the two leaders," Pompeo said at the time.

Despite a lack of visible progression in talks, Trump has often pointed to the detente with North -- the subject of saber-rattling rhetoric and soaring tensions early in his term -- as a signature foreign policy accomplishment.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 10:20 IST