Officials of 2 Koreas discuss setting up hotline

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

North Korea has told the United States for the first time that it is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets President Donald Trump, a USA official said on Sunday.

Although the North Korean regime has not publicly declared its invitation by Kim to meet Trump, which was conveyed last month by a South Korean envoy, several officials have said that North Korea has since acknowledged Trump's acceptance, and Pyongyang has reaffirmed that its leader was willing to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

USA and North Korean officials have held secret contacts recently in which Pyongyang directly confirmed its willingness to hold the unprecedented summit, the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The North Koreans are pushing to have the meeting in their capital, Pyongyang, although it is unclear whether the White House would be willing to hold the talks there. Once a location is agreed upon the officials said that the date will be set and the agenda discussed in greater detail. 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.




She said the U.S.is deeply concerned about the state of North Korean citizens' well-being. That visit was Mr Kim's first outside North Korea since he took over the leadership following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in 2011. USA officials are apparently shooting for late May or possibly June.

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.

The meeting on Saturday (April 7) at the North Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom was attended by three working-level officials from the South and their three to four counterparts from the North, according to Seoul officials. It is more likely that the North's United Front Department would be in charge...

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