U.S., N.Korea Continue Preparatory Summit Talks at Border

  • By Kim Myong-song

    June 04, 2018 11:25

    Negotiators from the U.S. and North Korea continued talks in the truce village of Panmunjom over the weekend on the agenda for a U.S.-North Korea summit on June 12.

    The teams led respectively by Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui have been meeting since May 27.

    Cars carrying Kim, Allison Hooker, a White House National Security Council official, and Assistant Defense Secretary Randall Shriver were spotted leaving their hotel on Sunday afternoon.

    They carried on discussions at Tongilgak on the northern side of the truce village after Kim Yong-chol, the director of the North's United Front Department, met U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the U.S.

    The Panmunjom talks were originally expected to last only about three days but seem to have proved bumpier than hoped.

    Sung Kim told Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha last Friday that there are still many things to do until the summit.

    "Ulterior motives have come to the fore. As the saying goes, 'The devil is in the details.' The two sides have laid out a big framework of denuclearization in exchange for guarantees of the regime's survival," a researcher with a government-funded think tank said. "There'll be a taut tug of war between Washington and Pyongyang over the timing and method of denuclearization and how to compensate" since both Trump and Kim have said that the June 12 meet in Singapore is only the beginning of a process.

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