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Koreas discuss communication issues ahead of summit

Koreas discuss communication issues ahead of summit”

The US and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing, reported CNN, citing several administration officials familiar with the discussions.

Saturday, White House officials said incoming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leading talks, and officials from both nations have reportedly spoken a number of times regarding a possible location for the summit.

Until now, Washington had relied on South Korea's assurance of Kim's intentions.

Since then, the North Korean leader has reaffirmed his commitment to discussing denuclearization as well as his willingness to hold summit talks with the South Korean and USA presidents.

US officials revealed to CNN reporters that North Korea has not only acknowledged the president's acceptance of Kim's unexpected invitation, but the rogue regime has also stated that it is willing to talk about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, although there is a strong possibility that the two sides have a very different understanding of what is actually on the table. Trump, who has exchanged bellicose threats with Kim in the past year, surprised the world by quickly agreeing to meet Kim to discuss the crisis over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States. 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.

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While Trump is "looking forward to the summit", the schedule could be late May or even early June, CNN said. The North has yet to officially confirm such intent or Kim's interest in meeting Trump.

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

"Even if we were aware of the talks, we can not comment on it", said an anonymous Cheong Wad Dae official, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Working-level officials need to determine how Kim would arrive at the southern side of the border village for the summit.

North Korea has said over the years that it could consider giving up its nuclear arsenal if the United States removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan. It is more likely that the North's United Front Department would be in charge...



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