Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

S.Korea willing to help realize US-N.Korea summit

S.Korea willing to help realize US-N.Korea summit

The trip is part of a flurry of diplomacy as preparations gather pace for the on-again, off-again summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling party executive and a veteran regime insider, arrived for his Oval Office encounter accompanied by the senior U.S. officials who have overseen an extraordinary diplomatic opening.

While maintaining that Kim is committed to denuclearisation, Moon acknowledged Pyongyang and Washington may have differing expectations of what that means, and he urged both sides to hold working-level talks to resolve their differences.

The general has always been a right hand man to North Korea's leader, playing a front-seat role during recent rounds of diplomacy aimed at ending the nuclear stalemate on the Korean peninsula.

The Washington Post, citing a person familiar with the negotiations, said that those talks will continue near the Demilitarized Zone until Tuesday.

The White House said Trump and Abe spoke Monday.

Since that short-lived crisis, diplomats from both countries have conducted an intense flurry of talks, culminating this week when Pompeo sat down in NY with Kim's envoy. "That hasn't changed. So, we'll see what happens". Kim and Trump's initial decision to meet followed months of war threats and insults between the leaders over the program.

He sat next to Trump's daughter Ivanka, who is also a White House aide, during the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang which was a turning point in the nuclear crisis. They can make a strategic shift. The White House's latest characterization of the meeting as "expected" appears to be a further sign that it could go ahead.

Asked whether the answer would come on Friday in the letter, Pompeo said he did not know but added: "We have made real progress in the last 72 hours toward setting the conditions".

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he is still looking at a June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

According to The Post, Sung Kim, a former U.S. ambassador in South Korea and former nuclear negotiator with North Korea, crossed the inter-Korean border to meet with Choe Son Hui, a senior diplomat in Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry.

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