Kim Yong-chol abruptly cancelled planned visit in November but is expected to visit the White House on Friday

A senior North Korean general has arrived in Washington for a rare visit, during which he is expected to meet Donald Trump as the two countries seek to finalise a new summit aimed at denuclearisation and easing decades of hostility.

Kim Yong-chol, a right-hand man to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, abruptly cancelled his last planned talks in the United States – a meeting set two months ago with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – and this time the administration was cautious in announcing his visit in advance.

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