US, NK Officials Directly Talking About Plans for Summit

US, NK Officials Directly Talking About Plans for Summit

"While the press has reported that North Korea is willing to negotiate their nuclear programme, this is not exactly what North Korea said".

The meeting is tentatively scheduled for late May or early June.

Until now, Washington had relied on South Korea's assurance of Kim's intentions. Trump has traded barbs with the North Korean leader for much of his time in office as Pyongyang pursues development of nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States.

North Korean officials have told their US counterparts that leader Kim Jong Un is open and ready to talk about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, according to The Wall Street Journal. "If there were such talks, we think it's a positive move".

Whether or not Kim had genuinely offered to discuss dismantling his nuclear program was a key question surrounding his offer to meet Trump, made in March and conveyed to the USA via a South Korean envoy.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon has been in close contact with his USA and North Korean counterparts, reported Korea Herald.

The talks were laying the groundwork for a meeting between Pompeo and his North Korea counterpart, the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, in advance of the leaders' summit.

CNN reported on Saturday that the us and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for the summit.

"It's a natural step in the right direction. It's an extension of the communication channels established by the three countries' top intelligence chiefs." said Hong Min, director of the North Korean studies division at the Korea Institute for National Unification.

"But we can not say for certain that the United States counterpart in the North was Reconnaissance General Bureau".

USA and North Korean officials have held secret contacts recently in which Pyongyang directly confirmed its willingness to hold the unprecedented summit, the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

North Korea was "suffocating" under global sanctions, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Thursday, adding, "They need an out". "What we will see next is the exchanges of presidential envoys between the United States and North Korea".

No date has been set for the meeting.

The working-level talks began on Saturday morning at a facility on the North side. The Koreas have to also decide how many times Kim and Moon would meet on April 27 and whether parts of the summit would be broadcast on live television.

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