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09 April 2018, 12:48 | Myrtle Vega
US, N Korea Hold Talks Via CIA Channels Ahead of Trump-Kim Meeting - Reports
China, North Korea's only major ally and main economic lifeline, has been calling for a "dual suspension" of North Korean nuclear and missile activities in return for the United States and South Korea suspending their large-scale military exercises.
USA 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.
The announcement comes after a year of tension between the U.S., North Korea and South Korea.
. Officials said the current target is late May or even June. "It's a good signal that the talks are going back and forth (between the USA and North Korea)".
The talks between intelligence officials are 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.
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 standoff over North Korea's nuclear programme.
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US officials revealed to CNN reporters that North Korea has not only acknowledged the president's acceptance of Kim's unexpected invitation, but the rogue regime has also stated that it is willing to talk about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, although there is a strong possibility that the two sides have a very different understanding of what is actually on the table.
"It's a natural step in the right direction". It is more likely that the North's United Front Department would be in charge...
Working-level officials need to determine how Kim would arrive at the southern side of the border village for the summit.
Intensively discussed during the talks that lasted for about three hours were such issues as where to put the hotline, how to operate it and technical measures to prevent possible wiretapping, they said.
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