"The U.S. has confirmed that Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", said a second U.S. official.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said he's Prepared to Speak together with President Trump about eliminating North Korea's nuclear weapons as a Piece of a denuclearization round the Korean Peninsula, a Trump administration official confirmed to Fox News on Sunday.
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.
The lines of dialogue between North and South Korea were reopened in January for the first time in two years, culminating in the North Koreans attending the Winter Olympics. -North Korea relationship, the administration's maximum-pressure campaign continues and that sanctions "must be maintained at all cost".
Kim (right) is open to discussing denuclearization during the historic meeting with Trump..
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Michael Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, and the team from the Central Intelligence Agency are dealing with the preparations to the summit. A trusted adviser of Mr Trump, Mr Pompeo will assume responsibility for the diplomatic preparations for the talks once he is confirmed by the senate as secretary of state.
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Kim, relying on South Korean diplomats to relay the message, requested a meeting with Trump in March, and the president accepted. "It's a good signal that the talks are going back and forth (between the United States and North Korea)". But Pyongyang has affirmed Kim's willingness to put the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula on the table, the sources said.
South Korea had contended that Kim was willing to do so and had also vowed to suspend nuclear and missile tests.