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Officials of 2 Koreas discuss setting up hotline

Officials of 2 Koreas discuss setting up hotline

"The U.S. has confirmed that Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, " an administration official said.

CNN on Saturday quoted multiple government officials familiar with the discussions as saying that the talks are a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing.

Led by former Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, who awaits confirmation for his appointment as a secretary of state, the USA intelligence officials have met with their North Korean counterparts several times in a third country to nail down a venue for the summit, U.S. officials told CNN.

Although the North Korean regime has not publicly declared its invitation by Kim to meet Trump, which was conveyed last month by a South Korean envoy, several officials have said that North Korea has since acknowledged Trump's acceptance, and Pyongyang has reaffirmed that its leader was willing to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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.

On Saturday, CNN reported that the USA was engaged in secret, direct talks with North Korea.

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The prospective summit, which would be an historical first, is likely to take place within weeks - in late May or in June, the officials said.

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump have both agreed to meet Kim. The sides mentioned the end of May - beginning of July as a "current target".

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

But Pyongyang has not followed up with Washington since, which the Journal suggested may indicate that Seoul overstated the North's willingness to negotiate over its own nuclear arsenal.


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