Spymasters prepare for US-NK summit

Posted April 09, 2018

CNN cited sources saying that Ulan Bator in Mongolia has been suggested as a possible neutral location for the meeting, although the North Koreans have been pushing to hold the talks in their capital, Pyongyang.

As recently as this weekend, Trump told associates he was looking forward to the summit, which he agreed to on the spot when presented the invitation from Kim. USA officials are apparently shooting for late May or possibly June.

Until now, Washington had relied on South Korea's assurance of Kim's intentions.

But Pyongyang has been silent publicly since then about a summit, even as Kim visited Beijing earlier this month in his first visit outside North Korea since assuming control of the country after his father, Kim Jong-il, died in 2011. "If there were such talks, we think it's a positive move". President Trump hailed that meeting as a sign of optimism that the dictator would keep up his end of the bargain of halting his nuclear weapon program ahead of a potential summit.

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She said the U.S.is deeply concerned about the state of North Korean citizens' well-being.

Analysts said the efforts show that the United States intelligence agencies are taking the lead for summit preparations, but expressed scepticism whether such moves were headed by the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau, which deals with clandestine operations against South Korea.

The US-North Korea talks will take place after a historic summit between North and South Korea.

"But we can not say for certain that the United States counterpart in the North was Reconnaissance General Bureau".

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US and North Korean officials have reportedly been trying to nail down a location for the summit, with the North Koreans pushing for Pyongyang and the Americans calling for a more neutral location, like Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. It is more likely that the North's United Front Department would be in charge...

According to the report, American officials are said to have spoken several times with their North Korean counterparts, and even met up with them up to three times to discuss preparations.

The working-level talks began on Saturday morning at a facility on the North side.

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