The expert says that the officials may be laying the groundwork for the upcoming denuclearization talks between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, Kim Yong-chol on Thursday, ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore.
The North Koreans will have to lay out a disarmament plan in the next few days if a planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is to go ahead on schedule in two weeks' time, a senior U.S. state department official said on Wednesday.
Last week, President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled his planned Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, reports CNN.
North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol (R), departs from a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY, U.S., May 30, 2018.
Trump had been scheduled to meet Kim in Singapore on June 12, but the meeting was thrown into doubt after the US leader said he was cancelling it.
Kim is tentatively set to meet with President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, and has engaged in a flurry of diplomacy to prepare for the historic summit.
In addition, a top nuclear arms expert predicted that North Korea's extensive nuclear weapons systems and facilities could take as long as 15 years to dismantle.
"The potential summit between â†•POTUS and Chairman Kim presents #DPRK with a great opportunity to achieve security and economic prosperity", Pompeo tweeted shortly before Thursday's meeting began.
The meeting is remarkable as it is the Trump administration's first taste of the Kim regime unfiltered by mediators like South Korea.
Since January, the North Korean dictator has turned his nuclear threats against U.S.to reaching out to Washington, D.C. and Seoul. -Korean relations. They met again for the second time Wednesday for about four hours, the official said.
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The US delegation's hotel in Seoul, the Four Seasons, is besieged by South Korean reporters, waiting to see if they leave for discussions in Panmunjom, approximately 45 minutes' drive north of the capital. North Korea's mission to the United Nations in NY is its sole diplomatic presence in the United States.
"I will remind you that the secretary of state is from the heartland and likes American food, and he's hosting someone who's never been to our country", the senior state department official said.
Asked whether the Kim-Trump summit will still be held on June 12 in Singapore, Nauert said, "That is what we're planning for", and, like the White House, affirmed that Washington will "certainly be prepared" even if for some reason it "takes place at a later date".
"I want it to be meaningful", he added.
He is the most senior North Korean to visit the United States in almost 20 years.
Experts cautiously raised the possibility Thursday that South Korea, North Korea and the U.S. could declare an end to the Korean War in Singapore following a Pyongyang-Washington summit later this month, amid preparations in full swing for the historic summit.
"The meetings have been very positive".
Pompeo, who spoke with Trump on Wednesday night and with national security adviser John Bolton early Thursday, was accompanied by Andrew Kim, the head of a Central Intelligence Agency unit assigned to work on North Korea, and Mark Lambert, the head of the State Department's Korea desk. -North Korea summit in June.
Tensions were calmed after Kim extended an olive branch by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, sparking a rapid détente that led to Trump agreeing to hold direct talks with Pyongyang.