North Korea's top envoy, arrived in Washington, in a visit aimed at laying the groundwork for a second summit between US and North Korean leaders with a condition that Washington alleviates the sanctions against Pyongyang.

Iran Press/America: North Korea's top envoy, Kim Yong Chol is expected to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday and, if progress is made regarding Washington sanctions against Pyongyang, he will visit the White House for talks with US President Donald Trump.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, is reportedly carrying a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Trump, Kyodo News reported.

The North Korean envoy -- who last June became the first high-ranking North Korean official to visit the White House in 18 years -- and Pompeo may finalize the date and venue of the next summit, according to the sources.

US President Donald Trump could announce his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as early as Friday after meeting with Kim Yong Chol, the Washington Post reported, citing US and Asian diplomats.

On June 12, 2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and with US President Donald Trump made their historic summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island of Singapore.

If announced soon, Trump and Kim Jong Un would probably meet in March or April, with Danang, Vietnam, seeming to be the most likely location, according to people familiar with the flurry of diplomatic activity over the past month, the U.S. daily said.

On Jan. 02, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned that Pyongyang may pursue "a new path" if Washington continues to make "one-sided demands" and impose sanction.

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North Korea, would have "no choice but to defend the country's sovereignty and supreme interest, and find a new way to settle peace on our peninsula," if the US misinterprets our people's patience, and makes one-sided demands and continues down the path of sanctions and pressure on our republic, Kim Jong Un said during an annual New Year's address 

US administration has maintained it will not give ground on sanctions until North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons, but Pyongyang has called upon Washington to alleviate sanctions following moves by Pyongyang to dismantle part of its nuclear program.

Pyongyang says Washington has betrayed the spirit of the June summit by making unilateral demands for denuclearization first without taking any reciprocal measures, including for past North Korean goodwill steps. 101/201/213

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