Seoul optimistic about "secret, direct contact" between U.S. and North Korea
09 April, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Mable Gonzales
According to CNN, U.S. and North Korean intelligence officials "have spoken several times and have even met in a third country" to discuss the venue of the first-ever summit between the United States and North Korea.
"The U.S. has confirmed that Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", said a second U.S. official.
Trump informed about the preparations to the meeting with the leader of the North Korea on March 9.
Matthew Pottinger, the top Asia official on the National Security Council, is also involved in co-ordinating the talks, and John Bolton, who will take over the role as Mr Trump's principal adviser on national security, is also expected to play a major role in planning the summit meeting.
The current target is late May or June, CNN quoted officials as saying. "If there were such talks, we think it's a positive move".
Mr Pompeo is now awaiting confirmation as secretary of state in the coming weeks.
As recently as this weekend, Trump told associates he was looking forward to the summit, which he agreed to on the spot when presented the invitation from Kim. "It's a good signal that the talks are going back and forth (between the United States and North Korea)".
The meeting at the North Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom lasted for about three hours.
China and Russian Federation are both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which has imposed sanctions on North Korea in a bid to force negotiations with Pyongyang.
CNN reports that Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is also being considered as a potential meeting place.
Led by former Reconnaissance General Bureau chief Kim Yong-chul, United Front Department has been managing inter-Korean dialogue and North Korea's policy toward the South, including propaganda to the pro-North Korean groups in South Korea.
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