N.Korea tells U.S. it is prepared to discuss denuclearization

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

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

CNN cited sources saying that Ulan Bator in Mongolia has been suggested as a possible neutral location for the meeting, although the North Koreans have been pushing to hold the talks in their capital, Pyongyang.

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.

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. The North has yet to officially confirm such intent or Kim's interest in meeting Trump.

The back-channel talks are the latest move in a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at resolving the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. South Korea's National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon has been in close contact with his United States and North Korean counterparts.

Analysts said the efforts show that the USA intelligence agencies are taking the lead for summit preparations, but expressed scepticism whether such moves were headed by the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau, which deals with clandestine operations against South Korea. The representatives of the United States of America and North Korea have already met in a third country.

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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.

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

"The US has confirmed that Kim Jong-un is willing to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", an administration official said.

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

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

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