NORTH Korea despot Kim Jong-un has shipped an envoy off to the US to pave the way for a showdown between the leader and President Donald Trump.

NORTH Korea despot Kim Jong-un has shipped an envoy off to the US to pave the way for a showdown between the leader and President Donald Trump.

By Carly Read |

Kim Jong-un has shipped an envoy off to the US to pave the way for a showdown (Image: GETTY)

Kim Yong Chol, Pyongyang’s lead negotiator in denuclearisation talks with the United States, was sent for crunch talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to lay the groundwork for a second summit between the two power nations.

The meeting between the envoy and Mr Pompeo is the first major sign of potential movement in a diplomatic effort that has appeared stalled for months, according to a source familiar with the matter who also said a summit os once again on the cards for the two leaders.

News of the impending visit came even as Trump unveiled a revamped US missile defence strategy that singled out North Korea as an ongoing and “extraordinary threat,” seven months after he declared after his first summit with Kim Jong Un that the threat the country posed had been eliminated.

Kim Yong Chol was last in Washington in June, when he delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump that opened the way for the June 12 Singapore summit.

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