United States and North Korea 'holding secret talks' ahead of meeting

09 April, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Angel Logan
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USA and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken a few times and even met in a third country, CNN reported.

Trump has traded barbs with the North Korean leader for much of his time in office as Pyongyang pursues development of nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States.

North Korea has told the United States for the first time that it is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets President Donald Trump, a us official said on Sunday.

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

South Korean envoys visited Washington last month to convey Kim's invitation to meet.

But Pyongyang has not broken its public silence on the summit, which USA officials say is being planned for May. "If there were such talks, we think it's a positive move".

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.

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

The meeting at the North Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom lasted for about three hours.

However, increased exercise was seen by satellite at a North Korean nuclear website in February, pics of which imply the North has begun preliminary testing of a newfound light water reactor and possibly attracted still another reactor online at its Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center.

The Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar has also been raised as a possible location, the officials told CNN.

Last month, a New York Times report said that the Central Intelligence Agency was taking the lead in preparing for the Trump-Kim summit.

Topping the agenda during the secret talks between the USA and North Korea was nailing down the location of the summit, with venues in a third country emerging as a strong candidate amid the skepticism about the meeting taking place either in Pyongyang or Washington.

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