Spymasters prepare for US-NK summit

Randolph Lopez
April 9, 2018

North Korea has told the U.S. for the first time it is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula when Kim Jong-un meets Donald Trump, a United States official said on Sunday.

But the fact that the US has confirmed North Korea's willingness to even discuss denuclearization is a positive step toward the Trump-Kim meeting actually taking place, and suggests they are communicating directly in preparation for it.

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. 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.

Officials said a date for the summit will be set, after a location is agreed upon.

I don't think there's much of a chance that the meeting will take place in the North Korean capital.

According to CNN, the talks between the U.S. 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.

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White House officials have not said where the Trump-Kim summit will be held.

The meeting on Saturday (April 7) at the North Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom was attended by three working-level officials from the South and their three to four counterparts from the North, according to Seoul officials.

The officials from the South and the North also met on Thursday to discuss security, protocol and other issues in preparation for the summit. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that the North has confirmed the offer to the United States.

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

The United States responded by frequently sending its strategic assets such as long-range bombers and aircraft carriers to the region in a show of force and floating talks of military options against North Korea.

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