Sunday, 22 April, 2018

North Korea tells USA it will discuss de-nuclearisation

Koreas Discuss Installing Hotline Ahead of Summit North Korea tells USA it will discuss de-nuclearisation
Gerardo Duncan | 09 April, 2018, 01:29

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.

According to CNN, the talks between the United States 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.

The United States and North Korea are holding secret, direct talks ahead of the planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the media reported.

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. Officials said the current target is late May or even June.

The back-channel talks are the latest move in a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at resolving the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.

Michael Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, and the team from the Central Intelligence Agency are dealing with the preparations to the summit.

In a separate report, a United States think-tank says North Korea may have started testing a new reactor.

She added, "But we're going into this very cautiously, very much knowing that he's looked at the Iran deal, he's seen what he can get and he's seen how he can push through loopholes, and we're not going to let that happen again".

Until now, Washington had relied mostly on ally South Korea's assurance of Kim's intentions. "What we will see next is the exchanges of presidential envoys between the USA and North Korea".

Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, is another possible place to hold the meeting.

The spokesperson would not say who had met with North Korea officials, describing the details as internal USA preparations, but added that "a comprehensive, whole-of-government effort in support of the president is actively under way".

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