Three separate teams of American and North Korean officials are poised for high-level discussions today in continuing efforts to salvage the proposed summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, five days after the U.S. president pulled out of it.
Significant differences, however, remain - especially over the US and North Korean definition of "complete denuclearization". -North Korea summit are continuing to move forward.
Meanwhile, a team of American diplomats are holding preparatory discussions with North Korean officials at the DMZ. -North Korea summit even begins.
Kyodo News reported that Pyongyang is reluctant to "ship up to 20 warheads overseas at an early date as part of measures to achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea".
Kim Chang-son, a close aide of North Korea's ruling Kim family and high-level party official, had also been spotted in Beijing on Saturday. But history shows that such trips don't always lead to summits: The high hopes raised by a similar North Korean mission to Washington to set up a summit 18 years ago ended up dashed. The two sides are thought to have resumed negotiations Tuesday.
The White House said Tuesday that Mr. Trump "continues to actively prepare" for the president's "expected summit" with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
The U.S. wants to come up with a timetable for denuclearization and specify detailed steps and deadlines at the upcoming summit, according to another government source, but the North is against.
South Korean officials couldn't immediately confirm the report.
The main topic appeared to be the level of North Korea's commitment to denuclearize.
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Moon has played a critical role in delivering the positions of each side to the other while encouraging them to speak to each other, Yoon said.
Kim Yong Chol, who is about 72, is a contentious figure outside North Korea.
North Korea claims to have destroyed its only nuclear test site, but it's hard to verify whether this actually occurred given experts have not been permitted to analyze the location. It remains unclear whom Kim Yong Chol will meet in the United States.
The Korea Herald yesterday quoted a top South Korean official as saying that this would be the crux in any deal.
Yonhap said it is "widely expected" that Kim Yong-chol would travel to the US "to reciprocate recent visits" by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
"Separately, Joe Hagin, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, and the U.S. pre-advance team are in Singapore coordinating the logistics of the expected summit".
At their first meeting on April 27, Kim and Moon announced vague aspirations for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and permanent peace, which Seoul has tried to sell as a meaningful breakthrough that increases the chances of successful talks between Kim and Trump.
During her stay in Pyongyang, Kim Jong Il took Albright to one of the mass games spectacles that included a giant mosaic displaying a rocket flying into the sky.
Kim Yong Chol's visit to Washington sees the North and the U.S. expand ongoing working-level talks, amid speculation that a previously-canceled DPRK-U.S. summit may still go ahead.