5 - Before Kim Yong-chol came to the US he is said to have changed his original flight, and spent a day in Beijing, where he is thought to have met with Chinese officials. Associated Press journalists saw the plane taxi down the tarmac before the North's delegation disembarked at JFK International Airport. The two planned a "day full of meetings" Thursday, the White House said.
But with only a few weeks left until the scheduled summit, such talks appear unlikely to reconcile the differing positions over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal, he said.
Earlier, the U.S. State Department said U.S. and North Korean officials had met at Panmunjom, a village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that runs along the heavily armed border between North and South Korea.
Abe said what's important is that a US-North Korea summit leads to significant progress in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile issues and, most importantly, abductions of Japanese nationals.
Analysts believe the US side will be seeking to determine whether North Korea is willing to agree on sufficient steps towards denuclearisation to allow a summit to take place.
In their second meeting in a month, Mr Moon said Mr Kim expressed willingness to co-operate to end confrontation and work toward peace for the sake of a successful summit with President Trump.
Mr Kim may see the sit-down with Mr Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies.
Kim Yong Chol is a former military intelligence chief and now a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee. He also was a bodyguard to Kim Jong Il, the former leader and late father of Kim Jong Un, according to North Korea Leadership Watch, an affiliate of the 38 North think tank.
The Trump administration is believed to have granted him a temporary waiver this time to allow him to NY, where North Korea has a diplomatic mission to the United Nations.More news: Sleeping in on weekends may extend your life
As for results, Nebenzia told reporters at United Nations headquarters in New York, "Don't expect that it happens overnight".
The North has previously used the term to demand the United States pull out its 28,500 troops in South Korea and withdraw its so-called "nuclear umbrella" security commitment to South Korea and Japan. The U.S. has also accused Kim of orchestrating the 2014 hack that exposed thousands of emails from executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
During his two hour meeting with Kim, Moon said he urged both Washington and Pyongyang "to remove misunderstandings through direct communication and to have sufficient dialogue in advance through working-level negotiations on the agendas to be agreed upon at the summit".
Trump's decision also came while United States and global journalists were in North Korea.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that the president had "sent over two delegations - one for logistics and one for more diplomatic purposes".
Kim Yong Chol previously was chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a top North Korean military intelligence agency, and has spent almost 30 years as a senior member of the intelligence community.
Kim was probably headed to NY, where North Korea has a mission to the United Nations, rather than to Washington because it was easier for him to get a visa there, another U.S. diplomat said.
The White House is prepared for a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to take place on June 12, the original date proposed for the on-again-off-again meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.
South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, citing an unnamed source, on Tuesday reported that a separate U.S.