North Korean General Kim Yong Chol, arrived in New York on Wednesday (May 30), ahead of talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Kim will become the most senior North Korean envoy to hold talks with American officials on US soil in 18 years.
The former spy chief is a trusted adviser to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, playing a pivotal role in preparations for an historic summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.
He has played a central role in the recent thaw in relations between the North and South Korea, as well as the United States.
Sent as Kim Jong Un’s envoy to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February, Kim Yong Chol told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Pyongyang was open to talks with Washington, the first indication North Korea was changing its course.