Spymasters prepare for US-NK summit

Report: US Talks Secretly With North Korea Ahead Of Trump's Meeting With Kim Jong Un

The official's remarks came after CNN reported that Washington has been holding "secret, direct talks" to prepare for the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In addition to back-channel discussions, American and North Korean officials have also met in a third country to hammer out the specifics for the unprecedented summit, CNN reported.

Regarding scepticism in Washington on the possibility of the North dismantling its nukes, Adams said the North Korean leader has asserted his willingness to denuclearize and to refrain from additional nuclear and missile test, and that he understands South Korea-U.S. joint military drills will continue as scheduled.

US and North Korean officials have reportedly been trying to nail down a location for the summit, with the North Koreans pushing for Pyongyang and the Americans calling for a more neutral location, like Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.

North and South Korean officials are meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom to discuss setting up a hotline between the leaders of their countries.

North Korean officials have told their USA counterparts that leader Kim Jong Un is open and ready to talk about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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

US officials were anxious South Korea may have hyped up Kim's openness to putting a denuclearization plan on the table.

I don't think there's much of a chance that the meeting will take place in the North Korean capital. South Korea's National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon has been in close contact with his United States and North Korean counterparts.

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

Later this month (April), Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae In are to hold what would be the three inter-Korean summit.

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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