N.Korea summit in May or early June

Posted April 10, 2018

All of this appears designed to create the right environment for the inter-Korean summit to be held on April 27 in the "peace village" on the border between the North and South, and then Kim's summit with Trump the following month.

M - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has publicly acknowledged talks with the USA for the first time, BBCreported citing state media reports.

According to multiple reports over the weekend, Kim Jong Un has agreed to discuss denuclearization at the meeting.

But Kim's recent trip to China and a series of back-channel contacts between the USA and North Korea have raised hopes that a deal may just be possible.

The communications, still at a preliminary stage, have involved State Department officials talking to North Korea, apparently through its United Nations mission, and intelligence officers from both sides using a separate back channel, the official said.

Officials said that the message from Pyongyang was delivered directly to the Trump Administration.

"We've ever already been connected with North Korea", Mr. Trump said at the beginning of the cabinet meeting at the White House".

At Pyongyang metro stations Tuesday, commuters crowded around newspaper stands displaying the pages of the Rodong Sinmun, the official organ of the ruling Workers' Party, to read the news.

He said he thinks the meeting will be a "very exciting thing for the world".

Trump has consistently called for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. South Korea has recently acted as an intermediary for the two rival administrations, though it has praised recent direct contact as positive.

"Kim Jong Un is ready", she said after Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

The official accompanied the North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho at a ministerial-level meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, Azerbaijan, last week.

"Kim Jong Un chose to go to the negotiating table because he judged that once he became a nuclear power", he said, "the USA would be much more interested in talking to him".

If the summit does take place, many remain skeptical about the whether a meeting between the two notoriously unpredictable leaders can succeed. The Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar has also been raised as a possible location, the sources said.

Details on the talks are still unclear, including the exact agenda and place.