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North Korea Hold Secret, Direct Talks

09 April 2018, 12:50 | Colleen Roy

North Korea Hold Secret, Direct Talks

North Korea Hold Secret, Direct Talks

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.

State Department officials - Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton and deputy special representative for North Korean policy Mark Lambert - continue to communicate with the North Koreans though their mission to the United Nations, discussions which are referred to as the "New York channel".

According to CNN, the talks are being led by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Mike Pompeo, using intelligence back channels, and his team has met North Korean officials in a third country.

United States 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.

Analysts echoed that the efforts show that the U.S. intelligence agencies are taking the lead for summit preparations, but expressed skepticism whether such moves were headed by the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau, which deals with clandestine operations against South Korea.

South Korean emissaries had presented Kim Jong Un's (left) invitation to meet with USA president Donald Trump (right).




The North Koreans are pushing to have the meeting in their capital, Pyongyang, although it is unclear whether the White House would be willing to hold the talks there.

Last week, Trump told associates that he was looking forward to the summit, which he agreed to on the spot when presented the invitation from Kim.

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.

The Koreas have to also decide how many times Kim and Moon would meet on April 27 and whether parts of the summit would be broadcast on live television. We'll see what happens.

The date of the meeting remains unknown.



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