Richardson: North Korea Official Headed to U.S. Is a ‘Good Sign’

Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” former Clinton U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson said North Korean top official Kim Yong Chol coming to the United States to help move forward a summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump was “good sign.”

Richardson said, “This is a good sign. This guy, Kim Yong Chol, I think I met him in my travels to North Korea, I’m not sure, He is a heavyweight. He is head of the intelligence service, which is the biggest power center next to Kim Jong Un in North Korea. He has Kim Jong Un’s ear. He did all those cyberattacks on Sony. So he is a big player. ”

He continued, “Meeting with the secretary of state makes a lot of sense right now because you have to set an agenda for the meeting. And we have to narrow between what we consider denuclearization and what the North Koreans considered it. Both leaders need this summit for their own political, strategic reasons. But this is a good sign. Whether the summit takes place June 12th, if it is put off a few days, a couple of weeks, I think that’s fine. Let’s be completely prepared because the North Koreans— I’ve negotiated with them — they’re relentless, they’re very focused, and we have to be focused, too.”

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