May 28, 2018 09:15
A summit on June 12 between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seems back on track as officials from the two sides meet in the truce village of Panmunjom from Sunday to Tuesday to discuss the agenda.
The U.S. delegation includes Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, a former envoy to South Korea and U.S. nuclear negotiator, and officials from the White House and the departments of state and defense, a diplomatic source in Seoul said.
The North Korean delegation includes Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, who provoked Trump with her belligerent statements into canceling the summit last week, and Choe Kang-il, who is in charge of U.S. affairs.
Sung Kim had been on standby in Seoul since last week.
The two sides are meeting at Tongilgak on the northern side of the truce village. U.S. Embassy vehicles were spotted heading toward the truce village of Panmunjom on Sunday afternoon, escorted by vehicles from the Joint Security Area's security battalion.
The source said agreement to hold the talks was reached between Washington and Pyongyang "through a separate channel" from a surprise summit between Kim Jong-un and President Moon Jae-in on Saturday.
The two sides are also expected to hold separate talks on protocol and security in Singapore on Tuesday, with a White House team leaving for Singapore on Sunday.
The "pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Saturday.
"A lot of people are working on it," Trump said the same day. "It's moving along very nicely. We're looking at June 12 in Singapore. That hasn't changed."
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted, "Stay focused. It's about the outcome. It's about keeping Americans and the world safe."
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