Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

North Korea tells U.S. it will discuss de-nuclearisation

North Korea tells U.S. it will discuss de-nuclearisation

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 US presidents. USA officials are apparently shooting for late May or possibly June.

CNN quoted USA officials as saying that the summit will be held at the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar - a proposal that North Korea has already relayed to the United States, according Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. There was no immediate word on the possible venue for the talks, which would be the first ever between a sitting US president and North Korean leader.

Mr Pompeo is now awaiting confirmation as secretary of state in the coming weeks.

The talks will lay the groundwork for a meeting between Mr Pompeo and his North Korea counterpart, who is the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau.

"It's likely that Kim Jongun comes with an alternate significance in mind", Abraham Denmark, a former senior US defense official claimed, noting a possible denuclearization deal seems to be contingent on the USA generating the most suitable conditions.

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

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.

That visit was Mr Kim's first outside North Korea since he took over the leadership following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in 2011. "It's a good signal that the talks are going back and forth (between the United States and North Korea)". "It's an extension of the communication channels established by the three countries' top intelligence chiefs." said Hong Min, director of the North Korean studies division at the Korea Institute for National Unification. A date will be set once the two sides can agree on a location.

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

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