Former CIA chief unsure Trump 'has done the homework needed' on North Korea
29 May, 2018, 11:28
The WashingtonPost first reported the team met with Choe Son Hui, the North Korean vice foreign minister. North Korea denied any involvement in the attack on the ship and on Sony Pictures.
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The fast and complete denuclearization of North Korea isn't a realistic goal, experts said.
The two diplomats have crossed paths several times in the past, especially during the six-party negotiation process.
"Kim's official counterpart is Pompeo but he may also push for meetings with (National Security Advisor John) Bolton and even Trump if possible", Chung told AFP.
"Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself", Trumpwrote on Twitter, in Washington's first confirmation that U.S. officials had entered North Korea for the talks.
Mr Kim and Mr Moon held talks in the demilitarised zone separating their two nations on Saturday in a scramble to salvage the summit.
President Moon Jae-in sat with Kim in a surprise meeting Saturday in the border village of Panmunjom and said the North Korean leader has agreed to the need for denuclearization of the peninsula and to the talks with Trump.
At the White House, Trump said negotiations over a potential June 12 summit with Kim that he had earlier canceled were "going along very well".
The high-ranking North Korean official arrived in Singapore fresh off a mystery trip to Beijing to meet with top officials there, according to the Japan Times.
As the rapprochement with the United States has picked up pace, Kim Yong Chol appears to have taken on a broader remit to deal with the Trump administration. "What's unclear for Chairman Kim, in my opinion, is not his willingness for denuclearization but whether he can certainly trust the USA saying that it'll end hostile relations and guarantee the security of his regime after his denuclearization".
Mr Randall Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, is also part of the team.
In South Korea, it wasn't immediately clear whether the American officials, including Sung Kim, the US ambassador to Manila, were heading to the Korean village of Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the Demilitarized Zone, where they met with North Korean officials on Sunday.
Moon on Sunday dodged a question on whether Kim clearly mentioned whether he would agree to the USA demand for complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization. Libya agreed to abandon its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief in 2003, seen by Pyongyang as a direct cause of the downfall of leader Muammar Qaddafi and his death in 2011.
Trump previously cancelled the planned June 12 summit in Singapore with Kim, focusing on the denuclearization of North Korea in a letter to Kim Jong Un. Trump, in turn, signaled by Saturday that preparations for a U.S. The sanctions, which were set to be announced this week, have been put on hold so long as talks concerning the summit move forward.
Meanwhile, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin and others from theadministration took a flight Sunday to Singapore.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, center, during a meeting at the northern side of Panmunjom in North Korea.
In this image made from video, Kim Yong Chol, in white, is seen at Beijing airport.
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