China Hopes N. Korea Leader's Summits With Trump, Moon Will Defuse Tension

Casey Dawson
April 9, 2018

"The U.S. has confirmed that Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, " an administration official said. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks, CNN reported.

Speaking at Duke University in North Carolina, Haley said, "When the president ends up speaking with Kim, the conversation has to be about denuclearizing". The North has yet to officially confirm such intent or Kim's interest in meeting Trump.

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. CNN reported that North Korea wants to have the meeting in its capital, Pyongyang, and that preparations are under way for a possible meeting between Pompeo and the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea's intelligence agency.

The working-level talks began on Saturday morning at a facility on the North side.

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Experts have urged the Government to engage in diplomacy with the North Korean regime to keep Kim from triggering an global nuclear conflict. Moon and Kim plan to hold their first telephone conversation sometime before their face-to-face meeting, according to Moon's office.

Trump has frequently lambasted North Korea for its continued intercontinental ballistic missile tests, referring to Kim as "Little Rocket Man".

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.

The private organisation, which monitors nuclear threats against the U.S., said the hermit state remained a huge threat and should not be trusted. It is more likely that the North's United Front Department would be in charge...

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