Kim Yong-chol, a 73-year-old general described as the ultimate regime insider, is the highest North Korean official to visit the United States in nearly 20 years.
While Pompeo has traveled twice to North Korea in recent weeks, the meeting will be the highest-level talks between the two sides in the US since 2000, when Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok flew to Washington to meet with then-President Bill Clinton.
The White House gave no details as to when the Trump-Abe meeting might take place, but both leaders are due to attend the G7 meeting of big industrial powers that runs from June 8 to 9 in Canada.
North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the global legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide.
"If it happens, we'll certainly be ready", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the Singapore summit.
Kim Yong Chol is due to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss whether to go ahead with an unprecedented meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim.
Trump announced that Kim Yong-chol was coming to NY for talks with Pompeo in a tweet on Tuesday, in which he said he had a "great team" working on the summit.
United States and North Korean envoys have also been meeting in Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, and an American "pre-advance" team is in Singapore to make logistical arrangements for the rapidly planned meeting.
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"I can say that the differences in stances between North Korea and the US remain quite significant", Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Wednesday in a speech in Seoul, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.
Kim Yong Chol was previously chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a top North Korean military intelligence agency, and has spent almost 30 years as a senior member of the intelligence community.
Kim Jong-un's right hand man touched down on Wednesday in New York City where he was set to have dinner with the U.S. top diplomat, followed by further meetings on Thursday.
Trump has sworn not to allow North Korea to develop nuclear missiles that could hit the United States and wants North Korea to "denuclearize", or get rid of its nuclear arms.
Russian Federation on Wednesday also announced that its foreign minister would be in North Korea on Thursday for talks.
That suggests Kim might have chosen to first go to NY because it would make it easier for him to communicate with officials in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. The North's only diplomatic outpost in the U.S.is its United Nations mission in NY.
A "pre-advance" team of US officials has also traveled to Singapore to meet with North Koreans there, the White House said. He was linked by U.S intelligence to a cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014.