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North Korea Hold Secret, Direct Talks

North Korea Hold Secret, Direct Talks

North Korea is reportedly pushing to hold the talks in its capital, Pyongyang, but it is unclear whether Trump is willing to travel to the city. US officials are apparently shooting for late May or possibly June.

Trump agreed to the summit on the spot when visiting South Korean officials - South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui Yong and intelligence chief Suh Hoon - presented him the invitation from Mr Kim early last month (March ).

North Korea has confirmed directly to the Trump administration that it is willing to negotiate with the United States over potential denuclearisation, administration officials said.

The U.S. State Department has been communicating with the North Koreans through their mission at the United Nations, CNN also said. "If there were such talks, we think it's a positive move".

Trump and Kim are expected to meet in May.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon has been in close contact with his USA and North Korean counterparts, reported Korea Herald.

Officials have also discussed setting up a meeting between Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart. "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.

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

American and North Korean officials have spoken several times and have met in a third country to settle on the summit's location, administration officials say - with Kim pushing for a Pyongyang meeting and the US looking for a neutral site like Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

"But we can not say for certain that the United States counterpart in the North was Reconnaissance General Bureau".

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

Working-level officials need to determine how Kim would arrive at the southern side of the border village for the summit.

North Korea was "suffocating" under worldwide sanctions, Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said on Thursday, adding, "They need an out".

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