Kim Jong Un Ready To Discuss Denuclearisation With US

The armored train that North Korean leaders have used to travel to China image via Jason Lee ABC

The armored train that North Korean leaders have used to travel to China image via Jason Lee ABC

South Korea's presidential office said yesterday that while they can not confirm whether such secret talks have been taking place, it is certainly a "good sign" in paving the way for what would be the first summit between North Korea and the US.

North Korea has told the United States for the first time it is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula when Kim Jong-un meets Donald Trump, a U.S. official said on Sunday.

The talks were laying the groundwork for a meeting between Pompeo and his North Korea counterpart, the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, in advance of the leaders' summit.

Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, is another possible place to hold the meeting.

No specifics have yet emerged concerning the date or venue of the proposed summit. -North Korea relationship, the administration's maximum-pressure campaign continues and that sanctions "must be maintained at all cost".

Michael Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, and the team from the Central Intelligence Agency are dealing with the preparations to the summit. Pompeo, whose confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set for April 12, was chosen after Trump fired Rex Tillerson as his top diplomat. "If there were such talks, we think it's a positive move".

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Although Trump tweeted on March 28 he was looking forward to the meeting, expressing, "there's just a good chance that Kim Jong Un will perform what is ideal for his people and also for humanity", many economists also have expressed doubt about the close program's aims.

Until now, Washington had relied on South Korea's assurance of Kim's intentions.

In a separate report, a U.S. think-tank says North Korea may have started testing a new reactor.

South Korean emissaries, in a visit to the White House last month, had presented Kim's invitation to meet with Trump, who quickly agreed.

The Institute for Science and International Security said the experimental light water reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex was showing signs of activity.

South Korea had contended that Kim was willing to do so and had also vowed to suspend nuclear and missile tests.