North Korea confirms it is willing to talk denuclearisation

South Korea's presidential office said Sunday while they can not confirm whether such talks have been taking place, it is a certainly a "good sign" in paving the way for the high-stakes summit between North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.

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.

U.S. 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.

Talks are reportedly underway for Pompeo to first meet with his North Korean counterpart.

"The US has confirmed that Kim Jong-un is willing to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", an administration official said. There was no immediate word on the possible venue for the talks, which would be the first ever between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader.

Matthew Pottinger, the top Asia official on the National Security Council, is also involved in co-ordinating the talks, and John Bolton, who will take over the role as Mr Trump's principal adviser on national security, is also expected to play a major role in planning the summit meeting.

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

North Korea has confirmed directly to the Trump administration that it is willing to negotiate with the United States over potential denuclearization, administration officials said Sunday. "It's a good signal that the talks are going back and forth (between the United States and North Korea)".

South Korea's National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon has been in close contact with his U.S. and North Korean counterparts, reported Korea Herald. It is more likely that the North's United Front Department would be in charge...

The 2 Koreas earlier agreed that their leaders will use the hotline before they hold a summit on April 27th.

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

  • Rogelio Becker