Citing a diplomatic source, the South's Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported today that Kim Yong-chol, Pompeo's counterpart in the discussion process, was expected to visit Washington later this week for talks.
South Korean officials said Wednesday they have stopped businessmen from bringing North Korean paintings into the country that a report said were purchased at an art studio under United Nations sanctions.
However, there has been no indication of any narrowing of differences over U.S. demands that North Korea abandon a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States or over Pyongyang's demand for a lifting of punishing sanctions.
South Korea has dropped a reference to North Korea as its "enemy" in the military's updated policy document, reflecting President Moon Jae-in's initiative in achieving détente with Pyongyang.
A planned meeting between Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol in NY last November was called off abruptly. It still said the North's weapons of mass destruction are a "threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula", a reference to the North's missile and nuclear program.
The United States has suspended major joint military exercises with South Korea, though smaller-scale drills continue.
North Korea's vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, arrives with members of the North Korean delegation ahead of talks with their U.S. counterparts at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Singapore June 11, 2018.
Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol (L) arrives at the worldwide airport as he leaves for Washington from Beijing, China January 17, 2019.
The change in terminology is certain to draw strong criticism from conservatives in South Korea who argue that Moon's push to engage the North has deeply undermined the country's security posture.
Mr Trump has spoken several times of having a second summit with the North Korean leader and the two have exchanged multiple letters despite little tangible progress on a vague denuclearisation agreement reached at their first meeting in Singapore in June 2018.
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Meanwhile, on Thursday, North Korea's Kim Yong-chol, vice-chairman of the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, left for the USA capital after transferring in Beijing.
But given that Kim Jong-un's letter is reportedly on its way, .it's highly likely that Kim Yong-chol will meet Trump.
CNN quoted a source familiar with the US-North Korea talks as saying that Kim Yong Chol would be carrying a new letter for Trump.
"While there has been a yearlong pause in North Korean missile testing, Pyongyang's retention of its missile arsenal capable of striking at U.S. forces in Asia and even threatening the United States homeland indicates that its going to take more than just missile defense to change the equation with the Kim regime", said Behnam Taleblu of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Many critics accuse the Trump administration of failing to get Pyongyang to agree to specifics at their first summit.
At a conference of USA diplomats at the State Department on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged the lack of progress.
The official said a second summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim might happen in late February or early March, though "no one knows what Trump is thinking".
Trump admitted he agreed on the spot to pause U.S.
The official said US-North Korea conversations were continuing, adding that the leaders of the two countries had established a "good relationship".