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Korea seeks summit with Trump in Pyongyang

Korea seeks summit with Trump in Pyongyang

The U.S. and North Korea have reportedly been holding secret talks in preparation for President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to officials familiar with the discussions.

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.

According to the officials, the North Koreans are pushing to hold the meeting in Pyongyang, although it was unclear whether the White House would be willing. The meeting, only the third summit between the Koreas since the end of the 1950-53 Korean war, could prove to be significant in the global diplomatic push to resolve the stand-off over North Korea's nuclear programme.

CNN said that once they agree upon a location for the summit, officials will then work on targeting a date and setting the agenda for the talks.

The lines of dialogue between North and South Korea were reopened in January for the first time in two years, culminating in the North Koreans attending the Winter Olympics.

While Trump is "looking forward to the summit", the schedule could be late May or even early June, CNN said. In a subsequent trip to Washington, Moon's envoys brokered a meeting between Kim and Trump, who said he would meet the North Korean leader by May.

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"Even if we were aware of the talks, we can not comment on it", said an anonymous Cheong Wad Dae official, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The North Koreans want the meeting to take place in their capital, Pyongyang.

A senior presidential official told Yonhap Sunday that if direct contact is being initiated between the United States and North Korea, Seoul sees it as a positive signal.

She said the U.S.is deeply concerned about the state of North Korean citizens' well-being.

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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