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N Korea at crossroads

Trump and Kim eye Vietnam summit as preparations intensify

North Korean envoy to meet with Pompeo, and possibly president

Kim Yong Chol, right, who is in charge of North Korea's negotiations with the U.S., flew to Washington from Beijing.   © Kyodo

SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- A top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departed from Beijing on Thursday for a meeting in Washington, where North Korea and the U.S. plan to iron out the time and place of their second bilateral summit.

Vietnam, traditionally friendly with Pyongyang, appears to be the top choice for where Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump would meet. The second summit could be held this March or April in the central Vietnamese city of Danang and be announced as early as Friday, The Washington Post reported.

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