Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to confirm that the official, Kim Yong Chol, was on his way to the US.
The North Korea Leadership Watch website described Kim Yong Chol as sarcastic, hard to work with, and somewhat independent because it said he is "not properly deferential to his superiors". "Solid response to my letter, thank you!" he tweeted.
The on-again-off-again talks, centred around denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula, have seen a flurry of activity in recent days since Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong-un calling off their high-stakes diplomatic date.
South Korean media also reported that a North Korean delegation arrived in Singapore on Monday night for likely summit preparations with U.S. officials.
Kim Yong Chol has been a central player in the recent negotiations between North Korea and South Korea, as well as the United States.
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A U.S. diplomat said a waiver would have to be granted for such an individual to enter the United States, although it was likely one would automatically be given under extraordinary circumstances such as these.
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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 USA diplomat said.
In a Monday phone call, Trump and Abe affirmed that they would meet ahead of the planned summit and discussed their shared goal of "complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs", the White House said in a statement. But Kim, through two summits with Chinese President Xi Jinping in March and May, has called for a phased and synchronized process in which every action he takes is met with a reciprocal reward from the United States.
Choe Kang Il, a North Korean foreign ministry official involved with North America issues, was also spotted at Beijing Capital International Airport, according to Yonhap.
Kim Yong-chol is a former military intelligence chief and now a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee.
The current whirlwind of diplomacy and negotiations will not end with "a honest and complete disarmament" but with "a reduced North Korean nuclear threat", said Thae Yong-ho, who fled his post as the North's deputy ambassador to Britain in August 2016.
North Korea's former spy chief is heading to NY, as preparations for a planned summit with the United States gather pace.
Apparently surprised by the unexpected cancellation, North Korea opted for a softer approach to bring the United States back to the negotiating table.
"If it can't, I think their recommendation would be that the president delay the summit", Keane said.