A senior North Korean official departed for the United States over the Memorial Day weekend with the hopes of reviving the June 12th summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump; sparking new speculation that the high-stakes meeting is back on schedule.
“Kim Yong Chol, Pyongyang’s longtime spy chief and a vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party, was spotted at Beijing Capital International Airport, where he boarded a flight to New York after first meeting with Chinese officials. As the Hermit Kingdom’s black operations chief, Kim has had a bloody hand in some of the rogue nation’s most notorious attacks on South Korea and even U.S. cyber targets,” writes Fox News.
The President welcomed Kim’s aide early Tuesday morning, saying “We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea. Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!”
The potential summit was thrown in doubt last week when President Trump abruptly canceled the event; saying Kim’s “outright hostility” prompted his administration to withdraw from the meeting.
KOREAN VACATION? NBC’s Lester Holt UNDER FIRE Over 'CUSHY' North Korea Visit
NBC anchor Lester Holt found himself in hot water this week following his “cushy” tour of Kim Jong Un’s brutal communist kingdom, with foreign policy analysts and pundits blasting his trip as “propaganda” for Kim’s murderous regime.
The longtime host visited the Hermit Kingdom just weeks before NBC is set to broadcast the 2018 Olympic Winter Games hosted by South Korea, with viewers slamming Holt’s “one-sided coverage” as he went on a guided tour of the North’s major attractions.
Critics blasted Holt’s reporting from a North Korean ski resort where he said he was treated “with respect” by his communist hosts; pointing out the “happy” Koreans enjoying the hotel were likely staged by Kim’s regime.
“Making my way back from North Korea to the states right now to anchor tonight’s @NBCNightlyNews broadcast. I’ll have my exclusive interview with a member of DPRK Olympic Committee, as well as what North Koreans think about America, economic sanctions and what they hope for most,” tweeted Holt.
Making my way back from North Korea to the states right now to anchor tonight’s @NBCNightlyNews broadcast. I’ll have my exclusive interview with a member of DPRK Olympic Committee, as well as what North Koreans think about America, economic sanctions and what they hope for most. pic.twitter.com/xGs5vUPGD8
— Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) January 23, 2018
“Holt is doing NBC’s business making everything seem hunky dory over on the Korean Peninsula,” one NBC insider told Fox News.
Holt’s trip comes as relations between North and South Korea continue to thaw; with both nations marching under a unified Korean flag during the games’ Opening Ceremonies.
KIM IN CHINA: The Brutal Dictator SEEKS ADVICE Ahead of Trump Showdown
After days of speculation, North Korea and Chinese officials confirmed Kim Jong Un’s last-minute trip to Beijing Monday; setting the stage for his face-to-face showdown with President Trump in the coming weeks.
The brutal dictator’s surprise visit was hailed by President Trump on social media, who called for “maximum sanctions and pressure” as the two-leaders prepare for their first meeting before a May deadline.
“Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!” Trump tweeted.
Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
The despot doubled-down on his willingness to negotiate his nuclear arsenal with South Korea and the United States during a fiery speech Monday, saying “the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be resolved.”
“The issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace,” Kim said.