A top North Korean official touched down in Washington on Thursday (January 17), feeding speculation that Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump are getting ready to unveil plans for their second summit.
A source told Reuters that Kim Yong Chol was set to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and possibly even Trump on Friday (January 18).
CNN reported that he's carrying a letter from Kim Jong Un.
Kim Yong Chol used to be North Korea's spy chief.
Today he's serving as Pyongyang's lead negotiator for talks on scrapping North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
And he could have his work cut out for him He arrived in the U.S. on the same day that Trump unveiled a revamped missile defense strategy which called North Korea a quote "extraordinary threat." Trump held his first summit with Kim in Singapore seven months ago, although critics say he's got little to show for the meeting with no agreement on how or when North Korea will give up its nuclear arsenal.
Trump recently said he'd probably be meeting with Kim again soon, but that there was no rush.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "We've really established a very good relationship.
A lot of good things are happening.
I never said speed.
Look it's been this way eighty-plus years." He also pointed out that Pyongyang has stopped testing nuclear bombs and missiles.
The Washington Post reported that the next Trump-Kim summit will likely be held in March or April.