North Korea confirms it is willing to talk denuclearisation

North Korea confirms it is willing to talk denuclearisation

North Korea confirms it is willing to talk denuclearisation

North Korean officials have told their USA counterparts that Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss denuclearization, an assurance that could pave the way for a meeting with President Donald Trump, reports said Sunday.

In addition to back-channel discussions, American and North Korean officials have also met in a third country to hammer out the specifics for the unprecedented summit, CNN reported.

The timeline for the Trump-Kim summit remains unknown although the South Korean side have said that it would take place by May.

Talks are reportedly underway for Pompeo to first meet with his North Korean counterpart.

She said the U.S.is deeply concerned about the state of North Korean citizens' well-being.

Trump informed about the preparations to the meeting with the leader of the North Korea on March 9.

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

Analysts said the efforts show that the USA intelligence agencies are taking the lead for summit preparations, but expressed scepticism whether such moves were headed by the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau, which deals with clandestine operations against South Korea. "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.

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

The confirmation offers the administration greater assurances that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is committed to a potential meeting with President Donald Trump by the end of next month.

Topping the agenda during the secret talks between the United States and North Korea was nailing down the location of the summit, with venues in a third country emerging as a strong candidate amid the skepticism about the meeting taking place either in Pyongyang or Washington. 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.

The United States responded by frequently sending its strategic assets such as long-range bombers and aircraft carriers to the region in a show of force and floating talks of military options against North Korea.

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