Former U.S. nuclear negotiator, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister resume denuclearization talks…

Former U.S. nuclear negotiator, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister resume denuclearization talks…


Working-level officials from North Korea and
the U.S. reportedly met at the inter-Korean border over the weekend. It’s thought to be in preparations for U.S.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s expected visit to Pyongyang this week to continue discussions
on the regime’s denuclearization. Our Lee Ji-won has more. It seems as though talks to work out the process
of North Korea’s denuclearization have kicked off. A senior U.S. State Department official on
Sunday confirmed that U.S. ambassador to the Philippines and former nuclear negotiator,
Sung Kim and North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui met again on Sunday at the truce
village of Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border. This comes 19 days after the Pyongyang-Washington
summit was held last month and is the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides
since Singapore. While not much is known about the details,
the South Korean daily Chosun Ilbo reports that the two exchanged views on the current
situation for about an hour. And with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
expected to visit Pyongyang this week, Sunday’s meeting is thought to have covered the agenda
for Pompeo’s visit, mainly, North Korea’s denuclearization. Ambassador Kim and Choe were at the forefront
of negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington in the lead up to the Singapore summit. The two held a series of pre-summit meetings
in Panmunjom,… and continued their talks in Singapore, right up until the first meeting
between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump. At that time, reports said the two talked
over the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of North Korea as well as
its security guarantee from the U.S. While follow-up meetings to the June 12th
summit were expected to be held soon after the summit, this first publicly known contact
between the two sides… was not announced beforehand. But with Pompeo’s upcoming visit to Pyongyang
as well as the expectation that these working-level talks will be held again, there’s hope the
two sides can come up with a framework for their shared goal. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.

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