North Korea confirms it is willing to talk denuclearisation

Saul Bowman
April 9, 2018

The United States and North Korea are reportedly holding secret, high-level talks ahead of a planned meeting next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

But the fact that the US has confirmed North Korea's willingness to even discuss denuclearization is a positive step toward the Trump-Kim meeting actually taking place, and suggests they are communicating directly in preparation for it. In a subsequent trip to Washington, Moon's envoys brokered a meeting between Kim and Trump, who said he would meet the North Korean leader by May.

Officials said the current target is late May or even June, according to CNN.

Officials told the network that CIA Director Mike Pompeo, whom Trump has nominated to be secretary of State, has been leading back-channel talks for the summit, which is slated for May.

American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks.

CNN quoted U.S. officials as saying that the summit will be held at the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar - a proposal that North Korea has already relayed to the USA, according Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

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

According to CNN, the talks between the USA and North Korea's intelligence officials are aimed at laying the ground for a meeting between Pompeo and the head of the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau, whose identity has not been confirmed.


But Pyongyang has not broken its public silence on the summit, which USA officials say is being planned for May.

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

Officials have also discussed setting up a meeting between Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart.

"It's a natural step in the right direction".

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

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. "What we will see next is the exchanges of presidential envoys between the U.S. and North Korea".

The 2 Koreas earlier agreed that their leaders will use the hotline before they hold a summit on April 27th.

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