Trump said when he plans to meet with Kim Jong Inom

Trump said when he plans to meet with Kim Jong Inom

WASHINGTON - North Korea's government has communicated with the United States to say that leader Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with U.S. President Donald Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood that the unprecedented summit will actually occur.

All of this appears designed to create the right environment for the inter-Korean summit to be held on April 27 in the "peace village" on the border between the North and South, and then Kim's summit with Trump the following month.

"He's done with the first half of his plan", Delury said. North Korea's recent frenetic diplomatic activity marks a stunning turnaround after a year of heightened tensions which saw the North fire multiple missiles and carry out its most powerful nuclear test, further isolating the regime and triggering a fiery war of words with Trump.

"However, many important decisions, such as the appointment of Kim as Supreme Commander in late 2011, or purge of Jang Song Thaek in 2013, seem to pass through the Politburo meetings (with both full and alternate members being present)", said Fyodor Tertitskiy, an NK Pro analyst.

Trump has been extremely optimistic about the potential of the North Korea talks.

Last year, an increasingly bellicose North Korea declared that it had a "state nuclear force", and now finds itself under some of the strictest sanctions ever imposed by the United Nations because of its nuclear and missile tests.

Mike Pompeo, CIA director who is nominated to assume the post of secretary of state, and his team had been working with their North Korean colleagues through intelligence channels to prepare the meeting, CNN reported.

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The North Korean leader discussed the "prospect of the DPRK-U.S. dialogue" as well as "strategic and tactical issues to be maintained" by the party, "including the future policy of worldwide relations and the orientation corresponding to them", according to KCNA.

North Korean and USA intelligence officials have even held a meeting in a third country to discuss the possible venue for the talks, the report said.

A North Korean delegation led by Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho is in Russian Federation this week after a visit to Turkmenistan, the North's state media said separately on Tuesday.

Kim's reported remarks drew a mixed response from North Korea watchers in Seoul and Washington.

The North's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho arrived in Moscow on Monday after stopping in Beijing. He did not clarify where the session might take place.

That means it wants to see "complete, verifiable, and irreversible" denuclearisation - a very high bar.

On Monday, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton is due to begin his role as Trump's national security adviser, while on Thursday Senate confirmation hearings begin for Mike Pompeo, Trump's nominee for secretary of state.

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