Report: US, North Korea Holding Secret Talks

It's sign plans for summit between Trump, Kim Jong Un are progressing
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2018 11:28 AM CDT
Report: US, North Korea Holding Secret Talks
In this March 27, 2018 file photo, a man watches a TV screen showing file footage of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

North Korea and the US are apparently considering Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, for the site of an unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. That's one of the tidbits revealed to CNN by "administration officials familiar with the discussions" between the two countries. The main takeaway of the report is that intelligence officials from the US and North Korea have been holding "secret, direct talks" ahead of the planned summit—another sign that the meeting between the countries' leaders may actually happen.

CNN's sources say intelligence officials from the US and North Korea have spoken through back-channels multiple times and met in a third, unnamed country at least once. The purpose of the talks is reportedly to find an acceptable location for the meeting between Trump and Kim. Officials say North Korea is pushing for its capital, Pyongyang, but that may not be acceptable to Trump and co. Sources say the next step in the ongoing discussions is an in-person meeting between CIA Director Mike Pompeo and his North Korean counterpart. Officials tell CNN they are currently shooting for a late-May or early June date for the summit between Kim and Trump. Read the full story here. (More North Korea stories.)

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