US and North Korea Wind Up Preliminary Talks

Ben Cho, May 31, 2018, 8:39 a.m.

The U.S. and North Korea on Wednesday wound up preliminary talks about the agenda of a summit scheduled for June 12. The two negotiation teams, led respectively by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, met for a second day of talks at Tongilgak on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom.

National Security Council official Allison Hooker, and Assistant Defense Secretary Randall Shriver were accompanied to the talks by an official from the CIA's Korea Mission Center. A diplomatic source said, "The two teams seem to have found some points of convergence that will be reflected in the draft of a joint statement" to be issued at the summit between the U.S and North Korea in Singapore next month.

Talks have moved up a notch, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcoming Kim Yong-chol, the director of the North's United Front Department, in New York to hammer out a roadmap for denuclearization.

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