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Officials of 2 Koreas discuss setting up hotline

Officials of 2 Koreas discuss setting up hotline

The meeting, only the third summit between the Koreas since the end of the 1950-53 Korean war, could prove to be significant in the global diplomatic push to resolve the stand-off over North Korea's nuclear programme.

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.

"For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility".

But the fact that the US has confirmed North Korea's willingness to even discuss denuclearization is a positive step toward the Trump-Kim meeting actually taking place, and suggests they are communicating directly in preparation for it. But Pyongyang has affirmed Kim's willingness to put the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula on the table, the sources said.

Both sides have met several times in a third country to determine a location for the historic summit, USA officials told CNN.

The presidential office said they toured a South Korean facility where the inter-Korean summit will take place. South Korea's National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon has been in close contact with his United States and North Korean counterparts.

Tech woes, worsening tensions with China sink United States stocks
The June gold contract closed up $19.60 at US$1,346.90 an ounce and the May copper contract was up two cents at US$3.05 a pound. Markets bounced back the following Monday on news of successful trade talks between the Trump administration and South Korea.

The talks will lay the groundwork for a meeting between Mr Pompeo and his North Korea counterpart, who is the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau.

According to the officials, the North Koreans are pushing to hold the meeting in Pyongyang, although it was unclear whether the White House would be willing. "It's an extension of the communication channels established by the three countries' top intelligence chiefs." said Hong Min, director of the North Korean studies division at the Korea Institute for National Unification.

Trump informed about the preparations to the meeting with the leader of the North Korea on March 9.

"But we can not say for certain that the U.S. counterpart in the North was Reconnaissance General Bureau". A date will be set once the two sides can agree on a location.

The United States responded by frequently sending its strategic assets such as long-range bombers and aircraft carriers to the region in a show of force and floating talks of military options against North Korea.

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